Background

Welcome to CitySprint! We need your design skills to translate analytics into formats that decision makers can use to target public health investments where they’re needed most. It’s a tall order, but the impact will go far.

We are developing open-source analytics and web-based tools to help improve the match between public health service spending and need in Chicago. Now, we are calling on designers at SAIC to wrangle that complex output into something elegant and meaningful.

A core component of government efforts to reduce inequality is public funding of the hundreds of thousands of local health and social service providers that help individuals and families improve their well-being, reach their full potential, and contribute to their communities. Together, federal, state and local support for these services amounts to more than a trillion dollars each year. Because this funding system is highly decentralized, however, it is extremely difficult to understand what the big picture of these services looks like in any city.

Better processes, analytics, and open-source tools can help connect these complicated data across government departments and levels, making it more accessible to government decision makers, and enabling a better match between where services are located and where need lies. But this complex effort needs design thinking and tools to identify and communicate where service gaps exist.

In a new health-focused collaboration funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an interdisciplinary team will tackle this task. Team members are from the University of Chicago’s Center for Spatial Data Science and School of Social Service Administration, School of the Art Institute, and several City agencies.

Help us find the best ways to translate complicated data and analytics to support evidence-based decisions, building on the expertise of the decision-makers!