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Data about properties is incredibly valuable in developing neighborhood plans and redevelopment strategies. Data at the property level has also been used to target interventions and investments within a neighborhood. To build the capacity of neighborhood stakeholders, The Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh are collaborating to offer a learning circle to provide hands-on training and support to people that want to use property data to understand more about their communities. We’ll be using Alan Mallach’s “Neighborhoods by Numbers, an Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data” as a companion guide to the course.
By participating in the four-session learning circle, participants will learn how to:
There are no prerequisites to the course, but it will be helpful to know how to perform basic tasks in a spreadsheet, including sorting a table based on the values in a column, and adding new columns to a spreadsheet. It helps to have access to a laptop for two of the four classes, and a limited number of computers will be available if you don’t have one.
All classes will be held at the Hazelwood Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Classes will be held according to the following schedule:
* Optional work sessions may be held between classes based on need.
Learning Circles are a way for people to come together in an environment that allows you to ask questions and discuss with fellow learners. Participants come together to learn through lectures and tutorials, and then are led by a facilitator in discussion and activities. Learning Circles combine the best of self-directed and in-person learning.
Space is very limited. Please register and the course facilitator will contact you with additional information, including reading assignments and details on what to bring to the first class.