Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Statistics - Statistics - Statistics

Although North Philadelphia Neighborhood Libraries (NPNL) is supposed to be, and should be, people driven a fair amount of statistics need to be looked at in order to justify and support what we are trying to do.  Early on, I talked with the library managers about becoming familiar with the various databases the Free Library subscribes to that provide statistics and demographic information.  (Described below.)

Asset mapping became a frequently used term, along with Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). In other words, what are the assets that already exist.  I found two .pdf documents on the internet and printed copies for each of the library managers.



These two documents combined give you a good sense of what this exercise should entail.

Two databases were used extensively in compiling data for each of the branches.

"BusinessDecision is a consumer market database for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations that helps businesses to succeed by increasing their market share and growing their clientele." (From the BusinessDecision "About" page.)

Reference USA is a database of 14 million U.S. business includes company name and phone number, complete address, key executive name, SIC Codes, employee size among other items of information.  It also contains geo-codes for mapping, which will help with asset maps.

The U.S. Census website has a new tool called Census Explorer.  It is a quick and easy way to get basic demographic data about a specific geographic area.


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