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You can't always get what you want When the data you want just isn't available, here's how to choose correlated data as a stand-in for the data you need. [8/2/05]

Change in the Irish Channel: Thirty years of data about a historic New Orleans neighborhood New Orleans neighborhoods are rich with history – and rife with change. Are you working to effect change in a New Orleans neighborhood? Read this powerful story about the Irish Channel for inspiration on historical information you can pull together to support your work. [3/17/04]

Mapping bicycle resources: A useful map carries a powerful safety message for the Tulane community A well-designed resource map can help a community take advantage of its assets. Learn how this process might apply to your own neighborhood work. [8/14/03]

Tax refunds for the working poor: Information paves the way in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood Learn how simple market research, client surveys and a keen awareness of neighborhood geography made this free tax assistance initiative a quantifiable success. [4/14/03]

Democratizing Data: Making information a tool of the people for the people Overcoming injustices, obstacles and frustrations, African Americans have a long and enduring tradition of using data for social change. Learn how to make the power of data work for your local community. [2/21/03]

New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center: Using numbers and strong partnerships to take on predatory lending Mr. Jeffrey P. May tells how he and his team gathered data, best practice research, and collaborative partners to construct an unbeatable program. Learn how they put it all together. [2/14/03]

Thurgood Marshall: Scientific evidence supported his case against segregation In 1954, Mr. Marshall invoked scientific research to demonstrate the harmful effects of school segregation. Learn how this strategy can be applied to modern-day cases of social injustice. [2/7/03]

Ida B. Wells: Journalist, civil rights leader, mother of four (and savvy data-user) More than 100 years ago, Ms. Wells used data to launch the anti-lynching movement. Her strategy was brilliant -- learn what she did in this short article.[1/31/03]

Using neighborhood data: a case study In this fictional (but realistic) story, see the process that one might go through in creating a persuasive Statement of Need for a grant proposal. [5/22/02]

What data do funders want to see in Problem Statements? Quick tips on what types of numbers are helpful and not helpful for funders when they're assessing how much need there is for the program you're proposing. [2/27/02]

Numbers talk... and at the neighborhood level they may talk even louder! By using data about your specific neighborhood compared to the surrounding area, you can make a compelling case for funding. [1/25/02]

Are Census numbers accurate?
The Census undercounts low-income people, children and minorities. But the Census is still one of the most important sources for data when you want to convince a funder about the need for your nonprofit's services. [11/26/01]

Race & Ethnicity in the Census
Learn how the Census gathers race and ethnicity data and what the Data Center has done to make this data easier for New Orleans nonprofits to work with. [7/1/04]


Guide to figuring out what Census tracts cover the area where you work A simple how-to for finding which Census tracts are relevant to your work. [1/29/02]

Guide to using the Census web site A simple step-by-step recipe for using the Census web site to get Census 2000 numbers. [12/29/01]


Census = $$

Every year more than $185 billion in federal funds are awarded to cities, counties and states based on census numbers.

In 1998, about $81 billion in Federal grants went to state, local, and tribal governments based in part on formulas using census data (Source: GAO).

Census tracts

For 2000, Louisiana has 1,106 Census tracts. Visit the American Factfinder Reference Maps to see where these boundaries fall.



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