CSE Testimonials

“The Neighborhood Data for Social Change initiative’s Civic Support Enterprise, and the work they have produced as a part of it, has been really marvelous. It’s community grounded, accessible, and geared towards the public communication of data analysis related to social inequality. NDSC has partnered with our coalition to produce one of their data stories on tenants; vulnerability in Los Angeles, as well as a dashboard of data visualizations that display landlords, harassment and illegal eviction of tenants in the city. The social and legal disempowerment to which tenants, and specifically low-income tenants of color, are subjected, is something which our coalition seeks to work against. The problem is that while many tenants may experience these social problems, the broader public often isn’t aware of them, and they aren’t aware of how social policy, like a right to counsel, can positively empower tenants and improve their housing stability in an equitable way. With NDSC’s partnership, we’ve been able to share their work with community members, as well as leverage it in our political organizing efforts, in order to advocate for social policy that secures the wellbeing and empowerment of tenants who are facing eviction in Los Angeles, and beyond.” 

– Los Angeles Right to Counsel Coalition, Research Committee


NDSC has been critical in advancing our efforts in providing relevant and reliable community data to our LACOE staff to best serve our clients. The training and support we received from NDSC staff is helping us develop community specific data indicators for our data dashboards that will be used by staff members at designated school sites throughout L.A. County.  We are greatly appreciative of their assistance and wish to continue working with them to best meet our vast data needs.

– Los Angeles County Office of Education


With the pro bono support we received from the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, we are better positioned to collect data from our tenant community that more precisely captures the full scope of impact we have had as the largest housing provider for the formerly homeless in Los Angeles. Their qualitative research team expertly assessed our surveys and provided recommendations that we used to make marked improvements to our data collection strategy

and gather more insightful and relevant information from our tenants.

– SOLA Impact


As a consulting firm supporting many local nonprofit organizations in telling their stories of impact, access to accurate, reliable and relevant data is critical to our work. Familiar with the work of the Neighborhood Data for Social Change through many opportunities to see the beautiful and data-rich stories they have created for organizations around LA County (e.g. The Magnolia Place Initiative), they were on the front burners of our minds when embarking on a project with a local organization – A Place Called Home- who we have been supporting in telling retrospective and current stories of impact, set in the context of South Central Los Angeles community conditions as seen through data. Elly and her team patiently listened to descriptions of our project, helped us hone in on the types of data that would illuminate and bring to life the GIS mapping component of the project, and turned data around quickly on community conditions throughout the years including poverty levels and education levels, which helped us create accurate and telling maps as a background to powerful stories of client resilience. Assurance that the data was reliable, up to date, and both sourced and vetted by the skilled NDSC team contributed heavily to our confidence with what we are presenting to our client. We are deeply appreciative of both the data itself, but the collaborative nature and generosity of the time and efforts the NDSC team puts into thinking through optimal and accessible data points to meet project needs.

– Jennifer Ralls, Grayspace Consulting, working in collaboration with A Place Called Home


With the help of Neighborhood Data for Social Change’s Civic Support Enterprise Program, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments has been able to better understand the relative climate vulnerabilities of our 27 member cities and the over two million residents that live in them. NDSC’s Civic Support Enterprise used a data-driven approach to determine which of the cities in our subregion were most vulnerable to climate-related threats based on factors that included social sensitivity, climate hazards, and accessibility to resources. Using these data, three Gateway cities were selected to be the first to receive Energy Resilience Action Plan (ERAP) services, a new initiative offered in collaboration with the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) Public Agency Programs. The initiative will provide agencies with tools to support both near and long-term energy resilience planning including interactive maps, energy related data and analysis specific to each city, recommendations and opportunities for energy efficiency and distributed energy resource improvements at critical facilities, and resources and references to support long term goal setting. NDSC’s Civic Support Enterprise was integral in allowing us to select the first cities for the ERAP initiative fairly, ensuring that those with the greatest climate vulnerability are prioritized; the Civic Support Enterprise program has assisted the Gateway Cities Council of Governments in serving our cities equitably. We foresee using this data analysis process to prioritize our jurisdictions’ need for other funding opportunities as well. The accompanying data story is expected to serve as an invaluable asset by highlighting the climate vulnerabilities of the Gateway Cities. 

-Gateway Cities Council of Governments


“We are very grateful to the USC Neighborhood Data for Social Change Civic Support Enterprise, for their hard work and support in creating a visual representation of our foundation’s grantmaking. Our foundation seeks to be intentional in supporting Angelenos within our priority areas of giving. This map provides us an interactive tool to support our work as stewards of resources and enhances our ability to direct those resources to the communities most in need. The USC team worked thoroughly to create a tool that all staff and members of our foundation could easily navigate, engage with, and use to inform award decisions. Thank you so much for partnering with us on this project.”

-Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation

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