The Durham Neighborhood Compass builds data access and visualization tools which put access to data in the hands of residents.
The Durham Neighborhood Compass builds data access and visualization tools which put access to data in the hands of residents. It is a mobile-friendly, bilingual tool which allows residents to do anything from exploring the impact of racism, environmental stress & food access on chronic health in their neighborhood, to estimating the number of children served by a proposed new playground. RAD coordinates development, design and maintenance of the Compass for DataWorks NC, a 501 c 3 serving neighbors, neighborhoods, nonprofits and local governments.
RAD’s work on the Compass project has included:
- Refactoring and modernizing code into a pre-rendered single-page Vue application, to ensure that language and topic-specific URLs are easily shareable and searchable
- Building new “geography switcher” functionality to allow users to look at datasets at both the Tract and Blockgroup data
- Building a customizable report feature for budget delegates in Durham’s 2019 Participatory Budgeting process to use to create customized reports about the impact of particular participatory budgeting proposals
- Working with DataWorks NC to develop a visual component inventory to help create consistent & standard visual design elements across all of their web properties
- Coordinating the development of bilingual functionality, with translations provided by tilde Language Justice Cooperative
- Co-coordinating user testing and implementing on-going UI/UX improvements based on user testing results