This toolkit documents the process that The Opportunity Project team at the Department of Commerce and other federal agencies have used to facilitate collaborative, user-centered technology development sprints. Anyone interested in transforming federal data into digital tools for the American people can adopt this process, adapt it for your own sprint, and share your feedback to help improve it.
Civic tech organizations, coding boot camps, and more have adopted The Opportunity Project process. We hope that teachers, community organizations, and state, local, and other government leaders will use it and share feedback to help improve it.
The Opportunity Project aims to solve real-world problems facing individuals and communities. The first step in the process is to identify a problem that your team will work to solve with a data and technology solution. In order to make a solution that really improves lives, it's important to start by working with people experiencing that problem directly to be sure that you're really addressing felt needs. Then find a data set with information that could help to solve that problem, and start building your tool.
Connect with community groups, local leaders, federal agencies, or non-profits who are mission-driven and close to the ground to identify a meaningful challenge to focus on.
Identify an opportunity for federal or local data to make an impact, for example a problem where making data more accessible would solve a problem.
Remember to consult with stakeholders and future users of your tool before you build anything. See more information on conducting user research in Step 3.
Collaboration is an essential part of The Opportunity Project process. Recruit a team with diverse skills and perspectives so that you can build the best solution for your problem statement. Bring in community leaders, service providers, or people with lived experience who can act as user advocates for your end users, government agencies who can provide guidance with data sets, and a cross-functional technology team with designers and developers to build a high quality digital tool.
Include a tech team: data scientists, developers, designers, business thinkers, or anyone else who could help to build the solution.
Reach out to government policy and data experts who may be able to help shape your problem statement or design of your product.
Include User Advocates who work directly on issues related to your challenge, and who work closely with your end-users -- or even better, people who experience the problem directly.
Identify team members who can lead user research, like people who have experience with user-centered design. Everyone should try to ensure the project stays focused on the user and their needs.
Tip: think early about who will maintain the tool once it's built and who will make sure it gets into the hands of end-users. You may want to identify someone on the team who is responsible for determining how to make your solution sustainable.
Link end-users with federal agencies and tech teams and ensure that problem statements and tools meet real needs in the target community
Help to focus TOP on critical challenges facing members of the public
Lead the development of digital solutions, and envision how data and technology can solve problems
Build your team's skills with courses from the US Department of Commerce's Commerce Data Academy on topics including User Experience Design, Qualitative User Research, Git and GitHub, Java and more.
Collaborate directly with end users throughout the entire process to identify user needs, agree on a use case for your product that will best serve a real problem for the target audience, and ask for ongoing user feedback while you're developing the product. By building alongside your end-users, you can create a product that will better serve their needs. At the beginning of the process, try to answer questions like "How do people experience the problem?" "Do they have any tools to help them currently?" "What are the gaps that exist in their current tools?" and "What tools do users wish they had?"
Conduct interviews with user advocates, or work with user advocates to set up conversations with your end-users to better learn about their needs, constraints, and preferences for digital tools. If you're working with a user advocate that does community outreach, learn how they connect with their audience and any challenges they run into.
Consider other methods, like facilitating a design workshop at the start of the sprint to bring user advocates into one room to brainstorm together.
Create a detailed use-case to narrow down a broad problem statement to a specific user-driven issue to tackle.
Read this article written by a past participant in The Opportunity Project to learn more about the user research workshop, user interviews, and other methods they used to build a useful tool for youth experiencing homelessness.
This article provides tips on how to create interview questions and conduct user interviews, and includes resources you can use for interviewing.
Use the user-scenarios as examples of user-generated data. You may want to work with user advocates and end users to create similar scenarios that provide a detailed picture of the problem you're tackling.
See more user scenarios
Once you have defined the problem from the end user's perspective, dig into data to find information that could help to solve the problem. To help you find and use federal and local government data, we pulled together some of the best and most relevant open data sets about economic opportunity, such as job locations, transportation, affordable housing, health care facilities, and schools.
Determine what data could address the end-user needs you identified in your user research. For example, if your user research showed you that youth experiencing homelessness need to access information on shelters and job opportunities through Wi-Fi on their phones, you may want to build a web app and use local government data on library locations, public Wi-Fi hotspots, and shelters.
Identify key characteristics of the data sets you need, such as the level of granularity (e.g., you may need neighborhood or address level information, rather than city level, for the data to be useful) or frequency. For example, when building a product to help individuals search for jobs, very frequently updated data would be the most useful.
Connect with a federal or local government agency who can act as a data steward for your project. Many data sets are owned by agencies who understand the data in detail and will be able to answer relevant questions.
Use the resources listed below as a starting point to find your data sets.
Pro tip for techies: Cut down on data discovery time by using existing tools, wrappers, and tutorials. Check out the list provided in the resources list below. Have questions or feedback about the data? Let us know on GitHub.
Browse federal and local data sets with neighborhood-level information on economic opportunities and local resources, and download a metadata file with more information on the year and format of the data, as well as a short, plain-language description of the data set's content.
Federal Data: Find information for the whole nation on poverty, employment, school equity, transit safety, and much more.
|BLS||Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages|
|Census||American Community Survey (ACS)|
|CitySDK - American Community Survey (ACS)|
|LEHD Origin Destination Employment Statistics (LODES)|
|Other Developer Resources|
|DHS||Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD)|
|DOT/HUD||Location Affordability Index|
|ED||Civil Rights Data Collection|
|ED Data Inventory|
|EPA||Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping (EJSCREEN)|
|Smart Location Database|
|HHS||Locations of Federally Qualified Health Centers|
|Locations of Head Start Centers|
|Choice Neighborhoods Grantees|
|Environmental Health Hazard Index|
|Jobs Proximity Index|
|Labor Market Index|
|Low Poverty Index|
|Low Transportation Cost Index|
|Racially/ethnically concentrated areas of poverty (RECAP)|
|School Proficiency Index|
|Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative Areas ("SC2")|
|Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grantees ("SCI")|
|IMLS||Locations of museums|
|Locations of public libraries|
|OMB||Promise Zones and other place based initiatives boundaries CSV (also available as JSON)|
|USDA||Access and proximity to grocery stores|
|Aggregate Tenant Data on Active properties|
|All USDA Economic Research Service Geospatial APIs (for reference)|
|County classifications (including rural urban spectrum and major industries)|
|Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) sites|
|Information on Rural Housing Service Active Housing Assistance investments|
|Local foods locations (e.g., farmers markets accepting WIC/SNAP; farms with direct sales)|
|Locations of SNAP (food stamp)-approved retailers|
|Locations of grocery stores|
Local Data: Find neighborhood level information on things like homelessness, parks, crime, and healthy corner stores
|311||311 service requests|
|Code enforcement||Environmental code violations|
|Crime||Public safety data sets|
|Parcels and addresses||Arrests|
|Propertise with permits obtained for work exceeding $50,000|
|Preschool/daycare||Child family health and wellbeing data sets|
|Privately owned assets||Restaurants|
|Publicly owned land||Culture and arts data sets|
|Schools||2010-2013 school data|
|Transit||Transportation data sets|
|Code enforcement||Blight violation locations|
|Crime||Public safety data sets|
|Parcels and addresses||Property and parcels|
|Preschool/daycare||Childcare locations (licensed or registered providers)|
|Privately owned assets||Churches|
|Full-line grocery stores|
|Publicly owned land||Parks|
|Vacant lot sales|
|Schools with average commute|
|Smart bus routes|
|311||311 Call for service requests|
|Code enforcement||Code violations|
|Crime||2014 Crime data|
|Parcels and addresses||Solid waste management|
|Permits||2014 building permits|
|Privately owned assets||Resturants|
|Publicly owned land||Vacants|
|Schools||School locations and attributes|
|Transit||Bike KC Survey results|
|KCATA bus stops|
|Zoning||Zoning code information|
|311||311 Call Center Tracking Data|
|Code enforcement||Building and Safety Code Enforcement Case|
|Listing of Active Businesses|
|Crime||LA County Datasets, Criminal|
|LAPD Map Server|
|Public Safety Layers (LA County)|
|Safe City Datasets|
|Employment||Work Source Centers Location And Contact Info|
|Health and environment||CalFresh SNAP Authorized Farmers Markets|
|California Health & Human Services Datasets|
|Department of Mental Health (DMH) Provider Directory|
|Environment Layers (LA County)|
|Health & Mental Health Layers (LA County)|
|Hospital Building Data|
|Licensed Residential Facilities and/or Certified Alcohol and Drug Programs|
|Women Infants and Children (WIC) Authorized Vendors|
|Homelessness||Point in Time Homeless Counts Results|
|Housing||2015 Registered Foreclosure Properties|
|HCIDLA Affordable Housing Projects Catalog And Listing (2003 To Present)|
|Housing & Community Investment Service Locations|
|Housing and Community Investment Department Map Server|
|Parcels and addresses||Accessor Parcel Change File|
|Landbase Information Map Server|
|Permits||Building and Safety Permit Information|
|Bureau of Engineering Permit Information|
|Preschool/daycare||Child Care (LA County)|
|Publicly owned land||City Facilities|
|Department of Recreation and Parks' Facility and Park Information|
|Schools||Education layers (LA County)|
|School Districts (LA County)|
|School Garden Locations|
|Transit||Bike Count Data Clearing House|
|LADOT Map Server (Bikeways, Parking lots, Crosswalks and more)|
|LADOT Traffic Counts Summary|
|Metro Bus and Rail Map Server|
|Street Information Map Server|
|Zoning||City Planning Map Server|
|Zoning reference table|
|ABC License Data and other location based licenses||Listing of all active ABC licenses including the name of the establishment, type of license, location and more. Homeless Shelter, Pawn Broker, Outdoor Advertising|
|ALL Checks||CSR (now develop louisville + community Services): Reflects the funding source used for payments and how much total payments were from CARE - a Data collection system used by the Family Assessment and Support Services program areas to document the requests for information & referral and the case management of clients.|
|APCD Asbestos Removal Permits||APCD Asbestos Removal Permits: Air Pollution Control|
|APCD Gasoline Dispensing Construction Permits||APCD Gasoline Dispensing Construction Permits|
|APCD Gasoline Dispensing Operating Permits||APCD Gasoline Dispensing Operating Permits|
|APCD Industrial Construction Permits||APCD Industrial Construction Permits|
|APCD Industrial Operating Permits||APCD Industrial Operating Permits|
|APCD Open Burning Permits||Open Burning Permits|
|Abandoned Urban Property||Inventory held over 1 year includes data for properties NOT owned or controlled by Metro.|
|Account Breakdown by Program Area||A monthly summary for the number of cases where financial services were provided and total funding spent by funding source and program area.|
|AirNow API||Air quality forecasts and raw air monitoring data (not quality-assured) for ozone and particulates. Can programmatically access raw air monitoring data for ozone and particulates and air quality forecasts.|
|Alleys||Alleys in Jefferson County.|
|Animal Bites||Attributes of animal bite incidents reported to and investigated by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Personal/identifying data has been removed.|
|Animal Service Intake and Outcome Data||List of all instances of animals brought into Animal Services with outcomes. This is the source data for the number of animals taken in by Animal Services and the number of animals transferred out of Animal Services.|
|Animal Services Intake||The number of animals that Metro Animal Services takes in during a month.|
|Animal Services Inventory Data||Louisville Metro Animal Services is committed to increasing openness and transparency of government. This is raw data from our operations database about each of the animals currently listed in the inventory, including lost and found pet reports from the public.|
|Animal Services Outcomes Data||Louisville Metro Animal Services is committed to increasing openness and transparency of government. This raw data from our operations database includes historical information about the outcomes of animals who are no longer included in the inventory.|
|Animal Services Transfer||The number of animals transferred out of a Metro Animal Services facility in a month|
|Animal Tag Data||List of all animals processed by Animal Services.|
|Application Reports||Shows client, application, benefit amount, etc. - from CASTiNET - Client intake system for Monetary Applications paid to various different vendors as well as LIHEAP Subsidy/Crisis payments paid to LG&E, financial reconciliation with OMB and LeAP.|
|Assaulted Officers||Incidents of Officers assaulted by individuals since 2010|
|Average Hospital Turnaround Time||The time from arrival of an EMS unit at a hospital to its departure time.|
|Bank Branches Data||List of Bank Branches participating in the Bank On Louisville Program|
|Bike Route Data||Quickly map bike routes in and around Louisville.|
|Boarding And Cleaning Monthly Backlog||Boarding And Cleaning Monthly Backlog: Code and Regulations.|
|Boarding and Cleaning Cases Resolved||The total number of cases resolved for the boarding, cleaning and cutting of vacant and abandoned properties.|
|Boarding and Cleaning Requests Received||The total number of request received for the boarding, cleaning and cutting of vacant and abandoned properties.|
|Boards & Commissions Data||Data used by PVA in their analysis of construction changes to business and residences.|
|Booking Reports||Events which are being held, in what complex, what the function is, time and date, the customer, and who the maintains the field/park.|
|Building Code Permit Enforcement Cases||Building Code Permit Enforcement Cases|
|Buildings||Building footprints from 2012 in Jefferson County. The Buildings (BG) layer consists of photogrammetrically interpreted polygons representing roof outlines of manmade structures in Jefferson County, Kentucky.|
|CARE Denials||Summary count of denial reasons documented from CARE - a Data collection system used by the Family Assessment and Support Services program areas to document the requests for information & referral and the case management of clients.|
|CARE Outcomes||Summary count of all outcomes documented. Summary count of denial reasons documented from CARE - a Data collection system used by the Family Assessment and Support Services program areas to document the requests for information & referral and the case management of clients.|
|Care Reimbursements||SSI reimbursements received for a given time period broken down by client's name and transaction credited from CARE - a Data collection system used by the Family Assessment and Support Services program areas to document the requests for information & referral and the case management of clients.|
|Cemeteries||Active and inactive cemeteries in Jefferson County.|
|Civilian Fire Injuries||Civilian Fire Injuries|
|Closed ABC Cases||ABC Cases: Codes and Regs|
|Code Enforcement Board||Code Enforcement Board|
|Community Ministries Areas||Community Ministries Areas in Louisville.|
|Community Ministries Sites||Listing of Community Ministries locations and information.|
|Community Partners Data||Bank on Louisville's Community Partners.|
|Complaints||Attributes of Public Health related complaints reported by the public and investigated by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Personal/identifying data has been removed. EstID column can be joined to the EstablishmentID column in the Establishments table to show attributes of the establishment when a regulated establishment is involved.|
|Construction Review - Active Permits||All permits issued by Develop Louisville department.|
|Construction Review - All Permits||All permits issued by Construction Review department.|
|Construction Review - LGE Inspections||A dataset that is delivered to LG&E to determine when and where upcoming inspections will be performed.|
|Construction Review - PVA Report||Includes all expenditures by agency, with additional data including funding source, vendor name, and amount invoiced. Data from 2008 to Present.|
|Crime Data||Crime data is provided for Louisville Metro Police Divisions only; crime data does not include smaller class cities.|
|Daily LMDC Population Snapshots||Daily snapshots of inmates held in Louisville Metro Department of Correction facilities|
|Development Funds Unspent Over 24 Months||Development Funds Unspent Over 24 Months . Sum of money in relevant LeAP cost centers that were funded greater than 24 months before the report date.|
|Downtown Public Parking||This contains public parking facilites in downtown Louisville that are owned and managed by the Parking Authoring of River City (PARC), Riverside Parking, System Parking and many others.|
|Emergency Home Repairs Over 30 Days||Emergency Home Repairs Requiring Over 30 Days to Complete . Number of cases starting during month with >30 days from completed app to repairs complete (or current date if open).|
|Emergency Warning Sirens||Locations of Emergency warning sirens in Louisville.|
|Employee Salary Data||Contains all salary data for Metro government employees from 2008 to Present.|
|Establishments||Attributes of establishments that are currently inspected by and/or regulated by Louisville Metro Government. Personal/identifying data has been removed. EstablishmentID column can be joined to the EstablishmentID column in the Inspections table to show attributes of any inspections of the establishment.|
|Expenditures Data||Includes all expenditures by agency, with additional data including funding source, vendor name, and amount invoiced. Data from 2008 to Present.|
|Includes all expenditures by agency, with additional data including funding source, vendor name, and amount invoiced. Data from 2008 to Present.|
|External Monitoring Visits with Findings||Count of all audits and monitoring visits with findings during reporting period.|
|Fire Building/Business Inspections||Fire Inspection: Louisville Fire|
|Fire Department Fuel Usage||Gallons of fuel used each month.|
|Fire Home Inspection||Fire Home Inspection: Louisville Fire|
|Fire Incidents||Fire Incidents|
|Fire Property Damage||Fire Property Damage: Louisville Fire|
|Fire Response||Fire Response|
|Foreclosures Initiated||Count of vacant/abandoned properties on which Metro has initiated a foreclosure.|
|Form Districts||Form Districts are areas with distinct boundaries to which a set of regulations governing the pattern and form of development and redevelopment applies.|
|HR Requisition Log||A database listing all job requisitions for Metro Government positions handled by the Human Resources Recruitment Division, including current status.|
|Historic Areas||Data from the Metro Landmarks Commission, Kentucky Heritage Council, and National Register of Historic Places about National Historic Landmarks in Jefferson County, Kentucky.|
|Historic Markers||Historic markers for historic sites in Jefferson County. Data is provided to LOJIC from the Kentucky Historical Society.|
|Historic Property||Develop Louisville: Historic Property|
|IDIS PR 02 List of Activities by Program Year and Project||A snapshot of all activities (open, completed, and cancelled) by program year and project. This report will show us the funded amount, drawn amount and the current balance of each activity.|
|IDIS PR 22 – Status of HOME Activities||The current status of HOME activities by program year and includes committed amount and drawn amount. This is a quick reference to see the status of HOME activities for a given year and is a quick glance to see what activities are ready to close.|
|IDIS PR27 – Status of HOME Grants Report||Financial information on the HOME grant. This helps us analyze our rate of committing and distributing funds to determine if we will meet timeliness guidelines. From Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS).|
|IDIS PR56 – CDBG Timeliness Report||Analyzes rate of committing and distributing funds to determine if we will me timeliness guidelines. From Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) - A mandatory system used to track projects funded by HUD grants (CDBG, ESG, HOPWA and HOME funds).|
|Inspection Violations||Descriptions of violations recorded during inspections by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.|
|Inspections||Attributes of routine and complaint driven inspections performed by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. EstablishmentID column can be joined to the EstablishmentID column in the Establishments Table to show attributes of the Establishment when a regulated establishment is involved.|
|Jefferson County Signalized Intersections||Listing of all traffic signal control devices in Jefferson County (except for a handful of signals in the J-town area that we don't own, operate or maintain). This includes both Metro and State owned traffic signals.|
|LIHEAP Daily Schedule Report||List of clients based upon site entered and date from the LIHEAP Appointment Database - Provides the ability to schedule appointments for general public clients to meet with LIHEAP staff. Provides reports, employee performance metrics, manages appointment time-slots per location.|
|LIHEAP Demographics||A complete record of all LIHEAP clients based upon specified Start/End date and Status (Approved, Denied, Pending, All Statuses) including but not limited to total benefit, first/last name, age, race, disability, address, client who processed, application number, application date/time submitted, income, etc.|
|LIHEAP Employee Report||Shows how many clients were scheduled per employee - from LIHEAP Appointment Database Provides the ability to schedule appointments for general public clients to meet with LIHEAP staff. Provides reports, employee performance metrics, manages appointment time-slots per location.|
|LIHEAP Report Range for Clients Scheduled||Daily Schedule Report that you can run for a period of time based on Start/End date - from LIHEAP Appointment Database. Provides the ability to schedule appointments for general public clients to meet with LIHEAP staff. Provides reports, employee performance metrics, manages appointment time-slots per location.|
|LMPD Employee Characteristics||LMPD employee characteristic data including Race, Gender, Current Age, Date Hired, Education Level, Job Title and Assigned Division.|
|LMPD Hate Crime||Data is subset of the Incident data provided by the open data portal. This data specifically identifies crimes that meet the elements outlined under the FBI Hate crimes program.|
|Land Use||Develop Louisville: Land use maps.|
|Landmarks Preservation Districts||Develop Louisville: Landmarks Preservation Districts|
|LiHEAP Appointment Data||LiHEAP Appointment Data|
|Licenses Issued||The number of licenses issued by Metro Animal Services each month|
|Louisville Metro Police Department Police Districts||Police District boundaries for Louisville Metro.|
|Louisville Streets - Right of Way||ESRI-based Gis shape files that contain all Jefferson County streets and 'right of way' information.|
|Meals Served Summary||Shows a summary of the number of meals served and delivered for any given time period. This report is submitted to the business office for reimbursement from the state.|
|Metro Council Districts||Louisville Metro Council Districts|
|Metro Demolitions||Develop Louisville: Metro Demolitions|
|Metro Parks Program Registration List||Metro Parks Program Registration List|
|Metro Parks Volunteer Project Log||Project listing of every volunteer project since the conception of the metro parks volunteer coordinator position in 2005 till the end of the previous fiscal year.|
|Metro Parks Volunteer Service Log||The number of volunteer hours tracked monthly at various locations and events throughout the Metro Parks system.|
|Metro Staff Demographics By Ethnicity, Gender, and Education||Metro Staff Demographics By Ethnicity, Gender, and Education - Human Resources.|
|Metro Staff Demographics by Zip||Metro Staff Demographics by Zip - Human Resources|
|Metro and Olmsted Parks||Metro Park and Olmsted boundaries.|
|Municipalities||Municipalities within Louisville Metro. Provided by Kentucky Secretary of State's Land Records office.|
|National Emissions Inventory||Emissions inventories: emissions reported by regulated facilities and modeled emissions from vehicles, smaller sources, wildfires, etc. Can select data by pollutant and/or geography, then download the resulting data set.|
|National Register Historic Districts||Develop Louisville: National Register Historic Districts|
|Natural Areas||Map of 'Natural Areas' in Louisville Metro including (but not limited to) Conservation Easements, State Preserves and Parks, Municipal Parks, the Community Improvement District in Jefferson and Bullitt Counties, Bird Santuaries and Historical Preservation Easements.|
|Needs||Amount received and reason for payment from CARE - a Data collection system used by the Family Assessment and Support Services program areas to document the requests for information & referral and the case management of clients.|
|Neighborhood Place Areas||Neighborhood place districts for Louisville Metro.|
|Noise Citation Management||Codes and Regulations Noise Citation Management|
|Officer Involved Shooting Database and Statistical Analysis||Officer Involved Shooting Database and Statistical Analysis|
|Olmsted Parkways||Develop Louisville: Olmsted Parkways|
|Olmsted Parkways including Eastern, Southern, Northwestern, Southwestern, and Algonquin.|
|On-Street Parking Citation Collections||Comparing monthly data: citations issued, citations collected, voids and citations sent to collection.|
|On-Street Parking Citation Revenue||Compare monthly citation data against dollar amount of citations collected vs. dollar amount of issued citations.|
|On-Street Parking Meter Repairs||Recorded action performed by shop personnel on all report malfunctioning meters.|
|PDS Case History||Planning and Design|
|Park Locations and Amenities||Listing of all parks with address, contact information and amenities available at each location.|
|Parks Golf Sales Detail||Metro Park's golf sales detail broken down daily by Item, Fee, and Deposit.|
|Plan Certain Areas||Plan Certain Areas are areas of rezoning where the Planning Commission or legislative body may designate, at the time of approval, elements and restrictions of the approved plan that are an integral part of the development plan and binding them to the use and development of the subject property.|
|Property Available for Purchase||Properties that are for sale from the Landbank, Urban Renewal and limited Metro-owned parcels.|
|Property Management Case Inspections||Property Management Case Inspections|
|Railroads||The Railroad (RR) layer consist of photogrammetrically interpreted polylines representing various active and abandoned railroad features as well as railroad yards, spur lines and railroad bridges.|
|Recreation Areas||The Recreation Areas layer consists of photogrammetrically interpreted polygons representing various features related to recreational activities such as tennis courts, playgrounds, ball fields, golf courses and swimming pools in Jefferson County, Kentucky.|
|Residential and commercial recycling tonnage and diversion rate||Residential and commercial main stream rolling 4-year average recycling tonnage and diversion rate.|
|Restaurant Inspection Scores||Restaurant inspection dates, grades, scores and locations for the past year for all establishments.|
|Return of Spontaneous Circulation||A person who has no pulse at the time of EMS arrival and EMS paramedics are able to return a pulse for 2 minutes or more.|
|SPP Report||Client intake system for Monetary Applications paid to various different vendors as well as LIHEAP Subsidy/Crisis payments paid to LG&E, financial reconciliation with OMB and LeAP.|
|Scenic Corridors Parkways||Scenic Corridors Parkways|
|School Board Districts||Jefferson County School Board Districts and Anchorage Public School District.|
|Senior Nutrition Waiting List||Client waitlist scores to know which client needs to be added to the service next. - - from SERVTracker - a data collection system to track Senior Nutrition clients, both congregate and Home-delivered.|
|Sidewalk Repair Request Data||Rating, linear footage, and repair status for sidewalk repair requests.|
|Site Addresses||Develop Louisville: Site Addresses|
|Snow Routes||Snow routes for Louisville Metro.|
|Solid Waste Management Route Data||SWMS Division|
|Spot Heights||Point feature class that comprises the photogrammetrically compiled Spot Heights (SH) for Jefferson County, Kentucky. All elevations are in U.S. Feet and cast on the North American Vertical Datum (NAVD) of 1988.|
|State Legislative Districts||Kentucky Legislative Districts within Louisville Metro.|
|State Senatorial Districts||Kentucky Senatorial Districts within Louisville Metro.|
|State Snow Routes||State snow routes for Louisville Metro.|
|Streams||Streams in Jefferson County.|
|Street Centerline||Develop Louisville: Street Centerline|
|Subdivisions||Subdivisions are boundaries of recorded subdivisions within Louisville Metro.|
|Suburban Fire Districts||Fire District boundaries for Louisville Metro Suburban areas.|
|Sustainability Plan Project Recommendations||Develop Louisville: Sustainability Plan Project Recommendations|
|Traffic Collisions in Kentucky Annual Reports||This external link displays all the annual reports for traffic collisons in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.|
|Traffic Signs||Sign inventory in Jefferson County.|
|U.S. Congressional Districts||U.S. Congressional Districts boundaries within Louisville Metro.|
|Uniform Citation Data||A list of all uniform citations from the Louisville Metro Police Department, including case number, date, location, divison beat, demographics, statutes and charges, and UCR codes.|
|Urban Fire Districts||Urban Fire Districts within Louisville Metro.|
|Urban Neighborhoods||Urban Neighborhood Boundaries within Louisville Metro. Boundaries as defined in late 70s as part of a Federal grant and are still used today.|
|Urban Renewal Districts||Develop Louisville: Urban Renewal Districts|
|Urban Tree Canopy Assessment||The following information was produced from the 2015 Urban Tree Canopy Assessment for the City of Louisville, KY sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.|
|Vegetation Lines||Tree areas in Jefferson County.|
|Vehicle Break-in's in PARC Facilities||The total number of vehicle break-ins monthly at PARC facilities.|
|Vision Louisville Public Input||Economic Development: Vision Louisville Public Input|
|Volunteer Demographic||Basic demographics of volunteers from Volunteer Works Volunteer management system that records volunteer man-hours and payrate, site locations, contact information for volunteers and site.|
|Volunteer by Site||Volunteers by site location from Volunteer Works - Volunteer management system that records volunteer man-hours and payrate, site locations, contact information for volunteers and site.|
|Warning Siren Areas||Warning Siren Coverage Areas within Louisville Metro.|
|Water Bodies||Bodies of water in Jefferson County|
|Yelp Data||Listing of geocoded businesses, inspections for those businesses, and health violations for those businesses, used as a feed to Yelp.|
|ZIP Codes||ZIP Code Areas within Louisville Metro.|
|Zoning||Zoning contains the zoning districts within Louisville Metro that govern permitted land use, density and intensity of allowed development.|
|Zoning Overlay Districts||Zoning Overlay Districts contain areas that have increased development guidelines.|
|311||Rate of 311 call resolution|
|Homelessness||Point in Time count|
|Parcels and addresses||Calls for service|
|Privately owned assets||Grocery stores|
|Publicly owned land||Land use of nolas blight/nola-land|
|Schools||HS graduation rates|
|Letter grade of schools 2009-present|
|Location of K-12 schools|
|Special Events||Mardi Gras Parade Routes - Daily Routes (2016)|
|Transit||Travel time to work|
|311||Service requests (2010 to present)|
|Code Enforcement||Housing maintenance code violations|
|Crime||7 Major felony incident map|
|Historical Crime Data|
|Health and environment||Child welfare indicators (per NYC council)|
|Restaurant inspection results|
|Homelessness||Homeless population by year (09-12)|
|Jobs||Job listings with location|
|Parcels and addresses||Property address directory|
|Permits||Construction pipeline - list of upcoming construction opportunities|
|Projected new housing starts|
|Preschool/Daycare||Day Care centers|
|Privately owned assets||Selected Facilities and Program sites including schools, parks, libraries, day care, etc|
|Publicly owned land||Open Spaces|
|Schools||After school program locations|
|School point locations|
|Transit||MTA Data - pertaining to subways, buses, commuter rail, bridges, and tunnels|
|Zoning||Hurricane inundation zones (worst case)|
|Primary Commercial zoning by lot|
|Primary Residential zoning by lot|
|SafeRoutes to school priority zones|
|Zoning district data|
|311||311 service requests|
|Code enforcement||Code violations|
|Exterior violation cleanups|
|Licences and Inspections data (business licenses)|
|Properties with ownership information|
|Public safety data sets|
|Health and environment||Health Centers|
|Healthy Corner Stores|
|Parcels and addresses||Property Parcels|
|Snow emergency routes|
|Stormwater Billing Parcels|
|Street lane closures|
|Permits||Real estate/land records|
|Residential parking permits|
|Privately owned assets||Healthy corner store locations|
|Publicly owned land||City buildings|
|City owned vacant property|
|Parks and Rec Out of School Programs|
|Parks and recreation|
|Parks and recreation assets|
|Schools||Education data sets|
|Transportation data sets|
|Zoning||Planning and zoning data sets|
|Zoning base districts|
|Zoning overlay districts|
|Crime incidents map|
|Fire calls for service (responses)|
|Health and environment||Climate and health data|
|Community resiliency indicator system|
|Health Care failities|
|Homelessness||2011 Point in Time count|
|Parcels and addresses||Affordable housing bonus program zoning districts and eligible parcels|
|Neighborhood groups map|
|Stree use permits|
|Privately owned assets||Mobile food schedule|
|Publicly owned land||Parks and open space|
|Schools||SF Private Schools|
|SF Public Schools|
|School crossing guards|
|Public bicycle parking|
|Transit stop and schedule|
|311||Service requests last 30 days|
|Crime/Public Safety||Crime homepage|
|Incidents last 30 days|
|Health services||HIV/AIDS clinic|
|Primary care facilities|
|Parcels and addresses||Snow removal route|
|Preschool/daycare||Child care locations|
|Privately owned assets||Supermarket locations|
|Publicly owned land||DC Parks|
|Schools||Education data page|
|Signed bike routes|
|Wireless/broadband access||HUB Zones|
|Zoning||Planning landuse and zoning|
|Supermarket tax credit zones|
See more local data sets
Search nearly 200,000 data sets from federal agencies. View the Opportunity Project collection of data sets at data.gov/opportunity.
The Opportunity Project commuity on Slack is a great place to ask questions about finding, accessing, or using data sets.
Data.world created compilation of data sets for teams in The Opportunity Project with space to share feedback on data and collaborate with others using the data. This makes it easy for educators, data scientists, everyday citizens, and students, to discuss, analyze, query, visualize, and easily share their findings.
The U.S. Census Bureau created a series of tools that make it easier to combine and use government data. You can find The Opportunity Project module on the CitySDK website.
The Department of Commerce Data Service has built a number of wrappers and tutorials that make Department of Commerce data sets including our national weather data, Census Bureau data, patent data, and others easier to use.
Stack Overflow is also a great public forum to ask questions about federal and local data sets.
Stack Exchange has a vibrant open data community, which is a great place to ask questions and find quick answers to your data and developer-related questions.
Once you identify a problem to tackle, the end users your tool will serve, and the data you will use, you can start building! Work collaboratively to build a digital product, including many voices as possible in the design process and seeking feedback as you design and build. Build iteratively, showcasing early versions and revising your design plans based on feedback. Remember that you don't have to build the perfect or "final" solution in 12 weeks! During this phase, we recommend the whole group communicate frequently and come together remotely or in person every 2-3 weeks to demo their works in progress, ask questions, and share feedback.
Build according to the user research. Use the data you found during data exploration.
Share the concepts, wireframes, and prototypes early and often. Revise your design and plans based on the feedback you receive.
Conduct user testing or feedback sessions to improve the product and ensure that the people who need it are aware it exists.
Develop a plan for tracking success of your tool, such as tracking number of sessions, users, or downloads via tools such as Google.
Think about how you will connect end users with your product once the tool is released: What will your team need to build into the product to as many people as possible can use it? What types of organizations do you need to work with to help connect your tool with the people it's designed to serve?
Think about how you will maintain the tool over time, or what partners you need to help you sustain and continuously update and improve the tool.
If you're interested in replicating the Opportunity Project sprint process, here is a sample week-by-week timeline. Feel free to adjust your project plan and milestones based on what works for your team.
Choose a general problem statement to focus on.
Connect with others to form a diverse team. Establish ways to communicate -- such a listserv, online slack channel, or in-person meetups – so that everyone can collaborate and share progress.
Conduct user research and identify a user-driven use case for your product.
Identify information that could help to solve the problems you identified in your user research, and then find federal and local data sets with the information you need.
Start to sketch out a product. Share sketches, wireframes or a concept pitch to get early feedback from end users, subject matter experts, government employees, and others. Early demos of Minimum Viable Products are part of the lean start-up methodology and lead to faster value delivered to users.
Continue building based on feedback received from your demo, and continue to explore data and seek ongoing input from user advocates and end users.
Conduct another demo and share a more mature and improved version of the product you're building. Seek more feedback, particularly from end users of the tool.
Keep building, and hold interactive user testing sessions. Plan how you will share the final product with end users and other stakeholders.
Get everyone involved in the process together to launch the final prototypes or Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).
Beyond the sprint: Continue to improve the tools, share the product with the target end users, and measure your impact.
Identify community leaders and other collaborators on Slack to provide feedback on work in progress.
At the end of your sprint, or when you're ready to launch a prototype or "MVP" of your product, get the word out and make sure people know about the product you built so that they can use it! Share your product with everyone who will be interested. Stakeholders might include:
o People who you designed the tool for — the end users.
o Organizations who can help share or scale the tool.
o Other teams in The Opportunity Project community.
o Local government or other organizations that collect and maintain the data you used.
There are many ways to spread the world, like social media, in person events, outreach through user advocates, and more. The Opportunity Project launches multiple tools at once, through coordinated events that incorporate in-person, online, and social media channels. Coordinating with user advocates is a great way to share your product with the intended end users through their outreach platforms. For example, if you worked with a veteran service provider to build a tool for veterans, you may be able to share your tool directly through their online presence or organization.
Consider hosting an event to showcase your product
Use press and social media to spread the word! Use #OpportunityProject.
Create a plan with user advocates to share your product with end-users in the community
Share your code! We highly encourage you to make your projects open source and free for use by the public. A local tool in Baltimore, MD can be used in Austin, Texas, just by using different data sources!
Your launch is just the beginning! After you launch your product and work with user advocates and other groups to deploy it to the target end users, keep building and seeking ongoing feedback to continuously improve your product. After the sprint, be sure you have a plan for how this product will live on after it is built. Will you maintain it? Do you need another organization to help sustain it? Will you hand off the code to another group for sustainability? Look to user advocates and local organizations who may be helpful partners in sustaining the tool.
Make use of the tools you put in place to track impact, like Google Analytics, to measure success of the tool. Gather numbers on users, downloads, or other metrics, and stories from users on how they are using the product. Share what you learn with The Opportunity Project community on Slack.
Share feedback on the data you used, or data you needed but couldn't find - this is critical to improving data quality and accessibility for you and other data consumers! Help us to improve by providing feedback on your experience using this toolkit.
Keep building and improving.
Ask technical team members for a commitment to routine maintenance and improvements to the product. Talk to user advocates and other stakeholders about organizations that might want to help with sustainability.
Measure your impact: Collect information on things like page views and number of users through Google Analytics, outcomes and how your tool is helping individuals and communities.
Share information on your experience using this toolkit with the whole Opportunity Project community on Slack. Use the #datafeedback channel to share feedback on things like data availability, access, quality, or formats with data stewards.
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