Data Warehouse

Last updated May, 2024

About the Data

The data includes relevant publicly available survey instruments, county-level data, and point level data. To determine what data to include, teams of researchers and community partners (see About Us) reviewed and compiled available data using an equity lens into a single data warehouse to facilitate analysis and visualization. The initiative began by reviewing the mission statements from national local and regional food system organizations.  Mission statements were organized into five categories – labor, local food sales, business development and food infrastructure, community resources, and nutrition security and food access.  For each of the categories, the teams created document briefs identifying key related data indicators available nationwide at the county level.

Use this Data

Gain access to ~300 indicators useful to understanding and evaluating your community’s local food environment:
  • Access information on the project, code, and codebook through GitHub or Quarto
  • View the raw and processed data through Dropbox
  • Review a detailed description of the data Here

The site includes relevant publicly available survey instruments, county-level data, and point level data. To determine what data to include, teams of researchers and community partners (see About Us) reviewed and compiled available data using an equity lens into a single data warehouse to facilitate analysis and visualization. The initiative began by reviewing the mission statements from national local and regional food system organizations.  Mission statements were organized into five categories – labor, local food sales, business development and food infrastructure, community resources, and nutrition security and food access.  For each of the categories, the teams created document briefs identifying key related data indicators available nationwide at the county level.

The data warehouse is a data storage site housed by GitHub. The site includes relevant publicly available survey instruments, county-level data, and point level data. The site keeps stakeholders from searching the Internet to find multiple data sets; these local and regional food system data sets are now all in one place.

Creators of data warehouses, data explorers, and data dashboards encounter several challenges when it comes to the issue of equity. Reliance on existing data limited the ability to disaggregate data by dimensions of race, ethnicity, and citizenship status. As a result, we encourage the use of practices that invite community members to help contextualize data, share their personal stories, and amplify community solutions. 

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