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July 07, 2006

NEO CANDO Community Data System Gets Bigger, Better

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NEO CANDO expanded in depth and breadth, now including 17 northeast Ohio counties and data down to the parcel level.

Residents of 17 Northeast Ohio counties now can access a wide variety of census and housing data quickly and for free, thanks to an expansion of the Cleveland Area Network for Data and Organizing (CAN DO) database from the Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. In June 2005, the system was updated and the name changed to NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing).

Information in the database is now available for the counties of Ashland, Columbiana, Erie, Huron, Mahoning, Richland, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne, as well as the original eight counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is part of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case.

NEO CANDO is a free, interactive web-based system containing a variety of data on social, economic and health-related conditions. Census, vital statistics and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data are available for all 17 counties.

Additional data sources such as child maltreatment, public assistance, juvenile delinquency filings and property data are available for Cuyahoga County. Crime data is currently only available for the city of Cleveland. Most of the annually-updated administrative data are current through 2004. NEO CANDO also includes U.S. Census data for 1990 and 2000.

Users can extract data at the census tract, city, village or township level or for an entire county. They can generate a table for printing, download the data into EXCEL for further analysis or generate a map. The new interactive mapping feature allows much more flexibility in generating and customizing maps to fit users' needs.

Visitors should begin their use of NEO CANDO at the “General Information”. Step-by-step instructions to generate maps in the NEO CANDO system can be found under the “Using NEO CANDO (Training Materials)” section. The data dictionaries provide information about each of the data sources, how the indicators in NEO CANDO are calculated, and precautions and caveats about each of the sources.

Users can access NEO CANDO via the Poverty Center Web site, http://povertycenter.case.edu. Comments and suggestions can be directed to Mike Schramm at schramm@case.edu or by phone at (216) 368-0206.