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General Convention Office Launches Online Tool: Mapping Demographic Data and Parish Report Data

Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office

Posted on January 17, 2020

From January 2020, heads of congregations and diocesans of the Episcopal Church will have access to a new online resource here and here to understand the history and envision the future with the data collected through the parish report. The General Convention Office contracted with Datastory Consulting to create an interactive web tool for mapping data. Datastory will be an organization and tool familiar to those in the Episcopal Church who have worked with the new Episcopal communities or with FaithX Consulting.

“This tool provides a robust platform for communities to understand and use their data in new and exciting ways,” said Deputy CEO Reverend Molly James. “While much of this information is already known, there is something particularly enlightening and profound about seeing all the information collected and mapped in one place. This tool will help our communities better understand the neighborhoods and contexts in which they find themselves, while providing wonderful opportunities for future collaboration.

“In previous years, we have only published reports to show Church-wide trends,” says Iris DiLeonardo, research and language specialist, “Creating specialized reports takes time and technical know-how. Rather than having to request and wait for a report, this new tool will allow congregations and dioceses to interact with their own data at the local level. Now charts and trends are just a few clicks away.

The “Know Your Neighborhood” resource will be available on the General Convention and The Episcopal Church websites. When a ward is selected, a pop-up window will offer brief statistics on membership, attendance, and income. The user will then have the possibility to “Explore trends” and “Explore the neighborhood”.

Explore trends
In the trend area, a user can access graphs for the last 10 years of data for a parish, a group of parishes, a diocese or a group of dioceses. The toggle buttons in the upper left corner allow users to search for wards that have a similar number of members, pledge and base, or similar size participation. The graph at the bottom will initially show membership. By clicking on the tabs, you will display additional graphics of the pledge and the plate and participation.

Explore the neighborhood
Clicking on “Explore Neighborhood” opens an interactive PDF file that provides basic demographic data about the neighborhood within a 15-minute drive of a parish. Each box contains clickable data. Users who want to know more about age distribution or generational “segments”, for example, simply click this box to access more information. The second page of the PDF provides a link to additional advisory services to help Episcopal communities use and better understand their data.

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