Thursday, August 17, 2006

#13 Neighborhood level census data for grant applications

I love finding new, easier resources.  I'm always challenged when I have to locate census data that's not readily available on the Quick Facts Census reports.  Oh, I find it...eventually.  But I waste time going in circles.

This little census tutorial highlighted a great tool - enter the address, then choose the level report you want - census tract, city, county, etc.  You can map your choices, too.  Especially helpful when working at the census tract level.

FASTEN Network
Neighborhood Data

Want to explore some more? You can also retrieve a lot of information about your city or even your neighborhood from the Census web page. To do this go to and find the picture of the street sign followed by the words "Enter a street address to find Census 2000 data." (It's in the section between the red lines near the top of the page.) Click on the highlighted words "street address."

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

#12 Grant Writers Need Fresh Statistics

I hate using old statistics when I'm making a case for funding.  Makes me feel like we haven't done our homework.  So, I'm always on the lookout for good sources.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes an annual database - Kids Count.  This year they've added some great bells and whistles.  Take a look.  And order a hard copy of the book -- it's free.

KIDS COUNT State-Level Data Online
Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book are now available in our easy-to-use, powerful online database, "State Level Data Online", that allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles; or, download the entire data set as delimited text files.