A combination of innovative partnerships and the increasing need for individual-level data led to the development of a new data application in the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's online neighborhood-level data tool, NEO CANDO, specifically targeted to community development practitioners. The Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application, or the NST Web App, gives community development practitioners access to individual-level property information at their fingertips.
The fourth Briefly Stated report released by the Poverty Center in 2012 describes the NST Web App, its functionalities, development, and current partnerships. Download the report to read more.
For a number of years, the Poverty Center and NEO CANDO have served as resources for a wide variety of audiences; from grassroots community members looking to make change in their neighborhood, to social workers, community development corporations, and local governments. As the foreclosure crisis hit Northeast Ohio, funders, the county, and community development professionals in Cleveland saw an expanding need for local property-level data. The Poverty Center worked to expand its property data capacity, driven by the needs of these parties, and would often provide a wide array of small-scale technical assistance and individual property level research as well.
The NST Web App was featured in a video by the Federal Reserve Board in 2011. Earlier this year, the NST Web App was a finalist for Enterprise Community Partners' Leadership in Community Innovation Award.
In addition to the NST Web App, NEO CANDO's suite of applications contain other valuable resource tools such as property data and social and economic data systems.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.