New, Interactive, Online Data System on Child Well-Being

If we want to assess how well children are doing, and identify solutions to challenges in child well-being, we need a better understanding of the physical, social, economic and cultural environments in which children live and grow.

Efforts to track child well being in New Hampshire have been challenged by the lack of a single, accessible repository of data that would allow policymakers and citizens to understand how New Hampshire children are doing.

My client, Spark NH, contracted with me to collate and analyze indicators of child and family well-being in New Hampshire, and create an online platform for anyone to explore the data. With the fabulous graphic design and web building skills of Holly Valero at Hollyworks, I created this system: Visualizing Child Well-Being in New Hampshire

We see this tool as providing a one-stop shop to practitioners, policymakers and all those interested in a better understanding of the contexts that both promote the healthy development of New Hampshire’s next generation.

This is not an online data warehouse, but an interactive platform built with a cutting edge data visualization product called Tableau. Tableau not only allows us to tell the story of child well-being in New Hampshire in a visually interesting way, but also provides users with interactive tools that allows them to explore the data more fully. The charts and graphs can be sorted, downloaded as images or PDF files, and shared via e-mail or on the web with a single click. The raw data can also be downloaded directly either as a text file or as a Tableau workbook for others who also use Tableau.

-lynn

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