Community Data and Research Lab
Put your data to work.
Since 2001, the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL) at the Johnson Center has provided research and data tools to support equitable community change.
- CDRL’s objective research elevates the voices and experiences of community residents to identify needs, inequities, and resources.
- Our accessible data and mapping tools inform systems change efforts by helping organizations and individuals visualize and understand current landscapes and change over time.
- And our focus on equity advances social justice by bringing to the fore an understanding of how differences in race, gender, socioeconomic status, ZIP code, and other factors differentially influence experiences and outcomes in communities.
Our team is comprised of an experienced and multidisciplinary group of research and technology professionals with diverse backgrounds in the social sciences, public health, statistics, and the design and development of community information and visualization tools, including online data management and geographic information systems.
With our combined expertise and the anchoring infrastructure of the university, the Community Data and Research Lab bridges the gap between the information community members need and the changes they want to make. Our work helps change-makers measure progress over time and ultimately maximize impact.
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Interactive Tools for Using Data
Data offers a powerful way for you and your partners to better understand your neighborhood, plan for your community’s future, give more effectively, or evaluate what’s working in your organization’s strategies. But making sense of data, using it to plan new strategies, to secure or evaluate grants, and to track change over time is not always easy.
That’s why we created a series of tools to help close the gap between the story your data tells and the outcomes you want to see. These tools include original data collected by the Community Data and Research Lab, as well as data from government agencies, local organizations, community members, educational institutions, health systems, and other sources.