Visualization of the Week: Kids Count in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., parents have a new view of schools and other data related to child welfare.

At the recent DC Data Without Borders Datadive, a group came together to build a project for DC Action for Children, an advocacy group looking to improve the lives of the youngest citizens in Washington, D.C. The team — comprised of Jason Hoekstra, Sisi Wei, and Jerzy Wieczorek — created a data visualization that shows detailed information about neighborhoods and schools in the DC area.

The visualization includes information about average family income, number of police stations, number of libraries, number of child care facilities, and percentage of families living beneath the poverty level. At the school level, the visualization also shows the percentage of students who receive free and reduced school lunches as well as how well students perform in math and reading compared to other DC schools.

DC Action for Children visualization
Screenshot from the D.C. Kids Count visualization. See the full interactive version.

You can explore the visualization here.

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  • Thank you for the shout-out!
    As one of the highlighted datadivers, I just wanted to say that the team was much larger than just the three of us. Jason, Sisi, and I were the last ones still working on it late into the night — but the visualization is the product of work by MANY people: finding and preparing the data, aggregating it to a common geography, setting up the framework and server for hosting the map, coordinating the subteams, etc. Credit is due to all the collaborators — it was truly a community project!