February 6, 2017
Mapping Risks and Community Resources to Improve Child Well-Being
Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC) is excited to launch the new and improved Keeping Track Online, a one-of-a-kind database with hundreds of indicators tracking child well-being in New York City.
The newly improved interactive online tool provides information in two new ways: first, it brings CCC’s Community Risk Ranking online. Second, it allows users to map dozens of services and resources throughout the city’s 59 community districts.
“To truly make our city a better place for children, we must work at the most local level to understand the communities in which children live, and to engage community members in our efforts to identify and advance solutions to the challenges they face,” said Jennifer March. “CCC’s new Keeping Track data tools will help us work more closely with community partners, foundations and government leaders to deepen our collective impact on behalf of children and families.”
CCC has been collecting and analyzing data on the well-being of New York City’s children for over 20 years. Child serving professionals, advocates, foundations, and government leaders have come to rely on the Keeping Track database to shine a light on the conditions in which children live and to examine changes in risk level across communities over time.
In the new Keeping Track Online, this information is enhanced with additional maps and easily searchable tools, which allow users to explore where risks to child well-being concentrate across six domains: economic security, housing, health, education, youth, and family and community.
The new asset mapping tools also allow users to map services, supports and infrastructure that exist in a community. This information can help New Yorkers better understand the distinct needs in each community, and the policies, programs and budget decisions that are necessary to ensure that all children and families have access to resources that help them thrive.
“In addition to the hundreds of indicators available on Keeping Track Online, users can select assets from a growing list of resources, including a wide array of social supports, banks, subway stations, grocery stores, and cultural institutions, and overlay them onto maps showing either risk level or data from a specific indicator for each community district,” said Apurva Mehrotra, Director of Research and Data Analysis at CCC. “These new tools will inform a deeper understanding of community needs and the presence or absence of resources to address those needs.”
We continue to work to make Keeping Track Online the best site it can be. We welcome your feedback, and encourage you to get in touch with any questions, concerns, ideas, or comments about the new site. Feel free to contact Apurva Mehrotra, Director of Research and Data Analysis, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts.