Using several open data sources, DataKind and the Black Wealth Data Center have started building a tool to facilitate the targeting of business capital investment into Black-owned businesses in underinvested localities.

The racial wealth gap and the gap in assets accrued by households between races is representative of, and interrelated with, many inequalities experienced between races: income, wealth, education opportunities, and housing. Successful business ownership is considered to be a key way to close the racial wealth gap. Expanding business capital investment opportunities including making fair loan application processes and providing other financial access, will increase the number and size of Black-owned businesses.

The tool combines open source indicators, identified through data science, to rank communities by need for investment, and it will be open for all to use. This means that groups including Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFIs”) and Minority Depository Institutions (“MDIs”), government entities, and researchers will be able to not only use a data-driven tool but also cite the tool in grants and applications to show they are making data-driven decisions to target efforts. CDFIs serve the communities they work within, and have been a key component of increasing investment in Black businesses, but often as nonprofits themselves, they lack the time to focus on sophisticated targeting, advertising, and evaluation. This tool will allow them to use a sophisticated approach quickly and easily.

This event will be a presentation of the open data and indicators we have explored and determined are most useful in predicting underinvestment in the Black community. The tool can operate at several geographic levels including census tract, county, state, and nation; we will delve into the output for the NYC area during the event and show how NYC tracts compare to others across the state and nation. Attendees will have the opportunity to use the Tableau tool and share feedback.

Checkbook NYC is an online transparency tool that makes the City’s day-to-day spending available to the public.

This session will include a broad overview of the type of data that Checkbook offers and a guided tour of the site’s functionality.

We will walk through the Spending and Contracts domains; the M/WBE and Subvendor Featured Dashboards; review various search capabilities; and ways to export data and create customized alerts.

Checkbook NYC is an online transparency tool that makes the City’s day-to-day spending available to the public.

This event will contain an overview of the Smart Search, Advanced Search, Narrow-down faceted search and data feed search mechanisms within Checkbook NYC.

The objective of this session is to help you understand what type of search technique is best suited for your query. We will use sample searches and take actual user examples to understand how to refine your inquiry. We will also review how to gain insight from the contract detail pages.

Checkbook NYC is an online transparency tool that makes the City’s day-to-day spending available to the public.

Take a tour of the new NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) integration into Checkbook. We will take a look at NYCHA financial spending data, contract information, and vendors. We will explain the accounting hierarchy and how to track spending transactions to Responsibility Centers.

The addition of this information will enable the general public, good government groups and government officials and to review how and where budgeted dollars are spent within NYCHA.

NYC Mayor’s Office Of Management and Budget (OMB) is on a mission to educate New Yorkers about the budget!

Join this conversation to learn more about OMB’s role and responsibilities in City government, the budget cycle, and how budget data is reflected in Open Data.

The NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity is committed to the use of data and evidence in formulating poverty reduction policies. Its Poverty Research Team generates the alternative poverty measure for New York City, a keystone in innovative, rigorous data analysis.

We cordially invite you to attend our “Making the Poverty Report Digital” session. You will receive an introduction to the NYCgov poverty measure, understand its use in crafting data-informed policies, and help us co-design a digital and more accessible version of the report. This session will provide information on how to access the relevant data and a comprehensive understanding of poverty measurement in the city.

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Take a dive with us into the Census Business Builder, a free platform of rich economic and business-related data. The redesigned portal offers a user-friendly experience with improved graphics, displays, and easier-to-access free information.

Join Data Dissemination Specialist Joli Golden to explore business-related data by selected geographic levels, learn about NAICS codes and drill down on specific business topics. Additional data dissemination staff will be in attendance to field questions live in the chat.

This session will be helpful for those exploring starting a business or simply analyzing an area.