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White House invites diversitydatakids to demo new "How Affordable is Opportunity?" Tool

March 7, 2016

The diversitydatakids.org project was invited to participate in a two month intensive design process for The Opportunity Project—a joint initiative of the White House, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Census Bureau, and Presidential Innovation Fellows. The diversitydatakids.org team demoed its newly developed How Affordable is Opportunity? Tool at the March 7 kick-off event with Administration officials that highlighted new ways that the public and private sectors can spur innovations and empower communities to leverage technology and open data to expand access to opportunity. The team was joined by long time partners from the Kirwan Institute who co-developed the new tool. The tool is featured on the new federal website for The Opportunity Project, Opportunity.census.gov.
 
The How Affordable is Opportunity? Tool reveals the “cost” of neighborhood opportunity, and how that cost is unequal for children of different race/ethnicity via narrative “story” maps and interactive mapping and data tools. This tool—targeting government actors, advocacy organizations, and the media—uses data that compares neighborhood opportunity levels for children with neighborhood affordability levels (in terms of housing and transportation costs). The data reveal that in many U.S. metro areas, Black and Hispanic families live in neighborhoods where opportunity is relatively more expensive. The foundation for the tool is a newly developed, integrated dataset that combines two “open” opportunity datasets – the diversitydatakids.org-Kirwan Institute Child Opportunity Index and HUD/DOT’s Location Affordability Index.

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