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Reminder: Southern California Demographic Analysis Workshop Announcement

From: Gina Clemmer (New Urban Research/formerly SmartGirl Technologies)
Subject: Reminder: Southern California Demographic Analysis Workshop Announcement (Jan. & Feb. dates)
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2004 14:10:42 -0800

Analyzing Southern California Communities: Demographic Analysis Workshop 

Dates  &nbs p;    
San Diego: January 11th, 12th or 13th (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)    Note: This is a one day workshop.
Anaheim:   February 2nd, 3rd or 4th (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

San Diego: New Horizons Training Center 7480 Miramar Road, Bldg B, Suite 202 San Diego, CA
Anaheim:   New Horizons Training Center 1900 S. State College Blvd. STE 100 Anaheim, CA 

The registration fee is $249 - Credit Cards, Checks and Purchase Orders accepted

Comprehensive workbook (75 pages) which includes the presentation, exercises and reference worksheets, 
Demographic Data Resource CD which includes several shapefiles (tracts, places, water, school districts) and ArcExplorer map browser
ArcGIS software 60 day trial CD set

The Analyzing Southern California Communities: Demographic Analysis Workshop will teach you to extract, query, download, analyze, and map Census demographic data for communities in Southern California (Note: Participants use their own community in exercises-all techniques are directly transferable to other communities). Such data can provide grant writers, social researchers and community planners with powerful tools for analyzing community changes. This is a streamlined, "hands on" workshop where each participant works on their own computer throughout the day.

This workshop also provides an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which includes a discussion of GIS trends and common uses, where to easily obtain mapping files, a demonstration of the map browser ArcExplorer (included with your materials), hands on practice making basic maps online and suggestions for making effective maps.
See a detailed description 

Workshop Outline

Lesson 1: What Data is Available Where?

-Types of data collected in the Census and American Community Survey
-Differences between Summary Files 1 - 4 and when it's appropriate to use which data set
-Learn what the 2003 American Community Survey has to offer and the differences between the ACS and the Census
-Accuracy and under count rates for Census data

Lesson 2: Census Geography

-Description of Census geographies
-What data is available at what geography
-What to do when your target area boundaries do not match Census geography boundaries
-Analyzing change over time

Lesson 3: Extracting and Analyzing Demographic Data for the American Factfinder

-How to efficiently extract, local, disaggregated, custom Census data and 2003 American Community Survey data
-Explore a wide range of variables including poverty, language, age, income and housing variables
-Construct a Community Change Profile for a community of your choice using several core demographic variables

-Use common formulas to express data in interesting and compelling ways

Lesson 4: Things You Should Know (so as not to be a dangerous analyst)

-Recommendations on ways to analyze Race/Ethnicity, Income, Age, Housing and Population
-Examples of how to present this type of information
-Common and helpful formulas for working with the data sets above

Lesson 5: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

-What is GIS, how is it commonly used
-Downloading and working with free shapefiles for your analysis, where to get various types of shapefiles
-Working with ArcExplorer, bringing in shapefiles, creating thematic maps in ArcExplorer
-Creating maps online through American Factfinder

Former Participants' Comments:

South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (Los Angeles 2003)
"This information will be a valuable tool to add to my skills arsenal. I'm excited about applying what I have learned to the grant writing process."

City of Garden Grove (Los Angeles 2004)
"Actually, it was absolutely excellent, and I'm kind of hard to please in training. Thank you very much!"

Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (Los Angeles 2004)
"It was very helpful and a good way to refresh myself on using Census data and mapping."

UCLA (Los Angeles 2004)
"Wonderful. I learned a lot that I can take back to my organization and do community-based work."

City and County of San Francisco Dept Public Health (San Francisco 2003)
"Great class, so much useful information and resources!"

City of Berkeley (San Francisco 2003)
"Great learning experience. I am taking this knowledge back to work!"

New Urban Research, Inc. (formerly SmartGirl Technologies, Inc.) is a social research company located in Portland, Oregon.  For more information about the workshop, who we are and what we do, check out our website at

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