Want to collect new data? Follow these steps
- Identify what data you need to collect and the best way to collect it.
Do you want to assess how many healthy options are available in vending machines? Do you want to look at how safe and comfortable it is to walk around a neighborhood? Do you want to look at increase in 211 calls? Is your data going to be mappable? It is important to have a clear image of what you are looking at before starting off to gather your data.
- Select an option for gathering data
- Use or adapt one of the Survey tools below if applicable, why reinvent the wheel?
- Make your own survey to gather data if needed. If you want to map your data, it must have a street address (or intersection), city, or zip code. Addresses allow you to put the data at a specific location, where zip codes and cities will be grouped to that whole area.
- You can collect or access data directly into spreadsheets or other acceptable formats. i.e. list of schools. healthcare providers, etc. (Excel, CSV, dBase, KML or Google Maps layers are all acceptable) Here’s a template you can use if you prefer to log data directly this way.
- If you used a survey, export the results of your survey into a downloadable spreadsheet or you can export and download charts or infographics with the responses to individual questions. You can then add these documents to your “group documents” and/or if it’s mappable data….
- Upload your data to the mapping tool following these instructions.
Current Data Results:
Healthier Together has identified some tools and developed templates so it is easier to use and upload to the map.