Why did the Community Foundation of Ottawa develop Ottawa Insights?
Building from data to information to knowledge and bringing it all together will facilitate evidence-based decision making for CFO’s own grant-making and for its donors, as well as for other granting organizations. More broadly, our goal is to support shared understanding and strategic collaboration by donors, funders, policy makers, delivery agencies, and citizens working towards a vibrant, caring, and equitable city.
Is Ottawa Insights an open data site?
OI is not a source of open data or even a data portal. The site is issue-comprehensive but data/information selective. Information on each issue is presented graphically in ways that are easy to understand and interpret. We also apply cross-cutting analyses as relevant – e.g., by neighbourhood and/or by demographic characteristics (e.g., socio-economics, age, gender and ethnicity).
How were the themes and issues used in Ottawa Insights selected and defined?
The themes and issues used by OI draw on categorizations used in influential national quality of life assessment initiatives, including Vital Signs and the Canadian Index of Well Being. The themes also align well with the way the CFO and other foundations report to Canada Revenue Agency on their funding activities. This will facilitate an intended future feature of Ottawa Insights – reporting on funding. Issue definition also reflects input provided during a series of five community workshops in June 2015.
How does Ottawa Insights relate to Vital Signs?
The Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) produced four Vital Signs reports, beginning in 2007. OI will leverage the CFO’s past experience with Vital Signs to deliver an enriched and adaptable vehicle for knowledge, engagement and collaboration. The themes and issues that OI uses to structure information align very well with those used for Vital Signs, and CFO and the Community Foundation of Canada are committed to mutual support between the two initiatives.