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Nathan Brown, Ph.D., is a founder of TrueBearing, a research and evaluation firm in Seattle. He is a clinical and consulting psychologist with extensive experience across the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Dr. Brown has a particular passion for partnering with organizational leaders to elevate and ensure the usefulness of evaluation through action research methodologies that inspire both the vision and the pragmatics of strategic change.

Among the clients with whom Dr. Brown has collaborated in the pursuit of programmatic and organizational change are professional associations, tribal organizations, international human service and educational agencies, and numerous corporate and industrial businesses.

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27 years of data: Seattle crime rate sharply declining

August 24th, 2012

Annual rates of reported crime in Seattle have continued a steady and overall, sharp decline from 1985 through 2011, paralleling a trend seen in all other King County cities and nationwide, according to local police department data provided to Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. A spread sheet (Excel download) prepared for Public Data Ferret using the WASPC data, shows the overall per capita crime rate in Seattle (or reported crimes per 1,000 residents) went from 129.15 in 1985 to 58.06 in 2011. The spreadsheet also has annual per capita crime rate data for all other King County cities over the 27-year period. Read the rest of this entry »

Data viz: crime-specific rates, King County cities, 2007-2011

August 21st, 2012

Recently, we published an original data visualization showing the overall crime rate per capita for each King County city, from 1985 through 2011. Below we zero in on crime rate data for King County cities during the years 2007- 2011, broken down and ranked by crime subtypes including the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; and the property crimes burglary, larceny, arson and vehicle theft. Simply shift the horizontal year-slider one or more years to the right to view a new year. (Please wait momentarily for each new year’s data to display). The map atop the visualization will shift – showing the overall crime rate for each town, color-coded and with mouse-over details (map operation details); but at the same time the bar charts below will display for the same year the crime sub-type rates for each King County city. Rates are expressed per capita, or incidences per 1,000 residents. Source: The maps and bar charts display data as reported from each city’s police department within King County by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

RELATED: Public Data Ferret’s Data Visualization archive


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Data viz: King County city crime rates, 1985-2011

August 16th, 2012

The highest per capita crime rates among King County cities in 2011 were in Tukwila, SeaTac, Seattle, Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, and Kent. The lowest were in Duvall, Sammamish, Yarrow Point, Clyde Hill, Medina, Snoqualmie, and Black Diamond. That and much more is shown in the following original data visualization for Public Data Ferret, which displays total crime rate data for King County cities during the years 1985 through 2011. It was developed using a tool made by the software firm, Tableau, based in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

Population is represented by the size of the bubble for each city. As depicted in the color legend below the map, localities with total crime rates below the average for all cities in King County in the given year are shaded in green; the darker the shade, the lower the rate. Similarly, localities with rates higher than the average for all cities in King County in the given year are shaded in red; the darker the shade, the higher the rate. Hover the cursor over any bubble to view additional information about that locality, including violent crime rate and property crime rate. Crime rates are expressed as incidences per thousand residents. The maps display data as reported by each city’s police department within King County by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. “Empty” or absent cells reflect missing source data. More instructions in user guide.

RELATED: Public Data Ferret’s Data Visualization archive


Public Data Ferret is a news knowledge base program of the Seattle-based 501c3 public charity, Public Eye Northwest. Ferret In The News. Donate; subscribe (free)/volunteer.

Interactive asset map of public art in Seattle

June 5th, 2012

This data visualization shows the location and site information for each of the 316 art installations sponsored by the City of Seattle as of June 2012. Blue circles indicate the geographic location of each project. Hovering your cursor over a circle will reveal the project’s title, site, artist’s name, type of media, brief description and date installed. In addition, the viz displays the project’s physical address as well as a link to the satellite view in Google Maps. Additional information about a particular project may be found by following the link to the website of the City of Seattle Office of Art and Cultural Affairs. Source: City of Seattle public art data set, via data.seattle.gov.

Navigation:

-Zoom in/out: Use the control panel in the upper left of the viz.
-Move map view: Click and hold until cursor becomes a fist, then drag to desired location.
-Select multiple sites: Click and drag to select desired sites.

Public Data Ferret is a news knowledge base program of the Seattle-based 501c3 public charity, Public Eye Northwest. Ferret In The News. Donate; subscribe (free)/volunteer.