There is often insufficient evidence and data, especially at the local level, for decision-making and evaluation. The collection of data, including spatial data, needs to be the basis for any urban governance and planning process.
A collaborative process, with local actors playing a major role, can identify gaps in different sectors and create strong partnerships with local actors that result in data and analyses that are trusted and co-owned by all stakeholders.
Goal: fill the “data gap” with a participatory approach. It involves visual representation and presentation of data, and participation of different stakeholders in mapping urban needs, assessments, and prioritizing issues.
The community profile within the UH360 Observatory serves as a baseline against which to assess changes in health outcomes.
We use a community-forward, area-based approach to data collection and representation.
Our approach provides an in-depth analysis of health challenges experienced from the perspective of the community, as well as their underlying determinants.