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EQUITY ANALYSIS

Increasingly aware of the human and economic costs of discrimination at the society scale, organizations need candid, data-driven assessments and recommendations for making change in their own operations and partnerships. Our work with public agencies and private organizations layers data together so leaders can examine issues of access and opportunity in areas like housing, transportation, education, parks and recreation, and health.

TAX CREDIT SEARCHES

Our developer and public agency clients in affordable housing development will attest how fierce is the competition for low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), based on each individual state’s qualified allocation plan (QAP). Our team conducts market-specific analysis to identify sites that maximize QAP scores and deliver our clients’ development requirements. The historic reuse market is also competitive, but for different reasons – and we have a longstanding and productive collaboration with the team at New History to support data-driven historic reuse searches nationally.

APPLICATIONS

Our clients recognize the opportunity to gather, analyze and make use of dynamic data to make faster decisions, with maximum impact. In building an application, our first priority is to engage our client to explore their underlying objectives, the nature of their operations and industry, and what change will mean for their processes. With background in hand, we proceed to develop tools for analysis, visualization and mapping, often bringing enterprise data together with external sources to inform critical strategic choices.

MULTIMODAL AND SCOOTER ANALYSIS

Nationally, use of scooters is growing dramatically. Ridership grew from 38.5 million rides in 2018 to 88.5 million in 2019 – an increase of over 100%. Many city leaders accurately perceive scooter data as a potential boost to decision making about equitable capital planning, transit route planning, public safety and economic development strategies. Our team is working with scooter providers and cities to collect, analyze and interpret scooter usage in a broader context, to inform urban planning and investment efforts.

TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS

Transportation patterns are key indicators of behavior around an individual site, a corridor, district or larger geography. Our team is engaged with public and private clients in understanding patterns of transit ridership, pedestrian activity, bike and scooter usage, and car traffic, and interpreting their meaning for the future.

ENTERPRISE WEB TOOLS

Our public and private sector clients pursue goals in a marketplace shaped by many external factors: Demographic, behavioral, physical, environmental. We support clients’ realization of goals by creating web-based enterprise tools that allow client teams to layer, analyze, and share information internally, with partners, and with public audiences.

Organizations that manage multiple locations are responding to rapid change. Our team helps state and local governments and universities to find and develop opportunities to partner with other organizations, strengthening facility utilization and programming. We also work with firms and franchises looking to economize multi-location management, in a time of changing urban patterns.

COMMUNITY VISUALIZATION

We serve public agencies responsible for delivering a wide range of community experiences, which typically require facilities, programs, staffing and management, marketing, reporting and evaluation. For communication with a range of stakeholders including the public, policy makers, staff and partners, our graphic visualization tools can help clients identify and share areas of efficiency, potential trade offs, and other elements for decision making.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

Private, public and philanthropic sector organizations have never been more focused on measuring impact of various programs, and tightening feedback loops to support ongoing improvement. Our team assists clients with fine-grained, longitudinal measurement and analysis of organizational effectiveness and program performance, in diverse areas such as affordable housing, capital improvement, child care, and property tax administration.

Facilities Sharing & Management

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