Dataviz programmer needed for NYC demographics project

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Jan 31, 2014, 10:24:48 AM1/31/14
About Us:
Citizens Housing & Planning Council is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to housing policy and urban planning in New York City since 1937. We are a Council of leading professionals from every industry involved in shaping the residential built environment. We work together to advance practical public policies by better understanding New York City’s most pressing housing and neighborhood needs.

Our Project:
New York City Neighborhoods in Transition studies how neighborhood settlement patterns between demographic groups are changing across all five boroughs from 2000-2010. We have created a new template for measuring demographic change by using cluster analysis—setting it apart from other research on demographic and socioeconomic change based on ZIP codes, community districts, or census tracts. Fifteen “clusters” emerged, distinct from each other based on combinations of variables such as of race, income, education, or household composition. Using this cluster-based analysis, we are able to identify approximately 75 shifts in certain population groups that transcend or spill across other formalized boundaries.

Our work has resulted in a nearly-finished academic paper and accompanying charts and maps showing where clusters are distributed throughout the city.

What We Need:
The research involves a large amount of data that is difficult to synthesize through even the clearest language. CHPC’s research team for this project has the competency to create basic maps and charts (using SAS and GIS software) that capture our findings one snapshot at a time. But these do not integrate the depth of information the research discusses.

Described individually in the paper, these cluster shifts would be overwhelming to consider as a group. However, well-designed maps, charts and interactive tools could contrast the 2010 clusters with those in 2000 in a way that both quickly succinctly communicates the data and stays in the viewer’s memory.

In order to most effectively disseminate and convey the results and implications of this research, CHPC must create a visual means of communicating our findings. This is important not only for reaching mass audiences, but also for driving home points to policymakers.

We seek a data visualization expert who will help us create understandable and memorable maps, graphs, or charts to express what our research paper and more brief releases will say in words.

Your Deliverables:
This work will create:
1) Interactive visualizations (can be maps, charts, or other representations of the data) that demonstrate the shifts of clusters within the city or what transitions have happened in a given geographical area. These will be pre-programmed visualizations (i.e., they will not depend on user input).
2) Static infographics to be printed and disseminated on paper.

We expect to roll out the completed product in March 2014.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, work samples, and projected budget by February 10, 2014 to CHPC Policy Analyst Neil Reilly at He is also available by email or at 212-286-9211 x110 to answer questions you have about this RFP.

This RFP does not constitute an offer to contract. Such offer will be made when CHPC has reviewed the responses to the RFP and chooses a proposal.
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