If, like me, you believe in the unimpeachable power of numbers, this should come as a treat.
Ed N.C. launched an outstanding tool this week, dubbed its “Data Dashboard,” for crunching North Carolina numbers, offering interactive charts and graphs on population, student enrollment, poverty, teacher certification, education spending and, of course, charters.
From Ed N.C.:
Often, people disagree about the facts. But data can help us find common ground. We think good data leads to good decision making. It helps citizens decide what they think about an issue, it helps journalists get the story right, it helps policymakers understand the context of their decisions, and it helps philanthropy triage its dollars.
This dashboard is interactive. For instance, if you hover over a chart or map, you can see additional data. Sort data tables by clicking on column headers. Source links are provided so you can explore the original data. And all of the visualizations can be shared on social media, saved to your computer, and printed for your own use.
The data on this dashboard has been verified as of February 22, 2016. If there is a discrepancy between the data on the dashboard and the source data, it may be that the source has been updated. Please also note that variations between data at different sources may be caused by the time of data collection.
At EdNC, we use an iterative, design-thinking approach to all that we do. Please let us know if there is additional data you would like us to include. The dashboard will expand and evolve over time based on what you want and how you use it.
As our founder Ferrel Guillory notes, “Data without analysis is junk. Yes, you have to put the facts down. But you also have to array facts, connect dots, and examine time lines to make the facts mean something by which to drive action.”
Time to connect some dots. Enjoy.