The Power of Data in Our Narrative
Schuyler Center relies on data to help shape and determine policy priority areas. Increasingly data is shared as a ‘dashboard’, a user-friendly way to illustrate a set of metrics. Dashboards are useful starting points to get an overview of an area because they synthesize the most relevant data into an illustration.

Data is not the whole narrative and dashboards are choosing selective pieces of data to share and therefore cannot always tell the whole ‘story.’ But understanding and using data informs policy and measures the effectiveness of specific interventions in meeting community needs.

For information on child poverty and income inequality in New York State, see our presentation from Schuyler’s 2015 policy forum, New York’s Cities: Confronting Income Inequality.

Below are links to dashboards and data resources Schuyler Center uses to identify and shape policy areas.

US Census Poverty Data Kids Count
NYS Dept. of Health Prevention Agenda Kaiser Family Foundation