The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) is featured in the Fresh Water Cleveland article "Innovative Program Helps Neighborhoods Fight Foreclosure and Blight" on August 23, 2012.
"In the past, information was collected from multiple websites, and by the time it was assembled, it was out of date," explained Poverty Center Research Associate Mike Schramm. "We bring data together across domains. Our mission is to democratize data and to create data-driven decisions by both nonprofits and government."
The article discusses how NEO CANDO is used by neighborhood developers to invent new strategies to reinvent their communities in data-driven ways. The freely available software tool is being used to find properties at risk of going into foreclosure so attempts can be made with the owner to prevent this before it happens, to protect the neighborhood from a vacant or abandoned home.
NEO CANDO is a freely accessible database from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.