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Web-Tools for Analyzing Emerging Trends. Program by: Charlie French. Socioeconomic Analysis: Why do it?. Identify emerging societal & environmental trends Conduct Needs Assessment for targeting programs Provides useful info for marketing our programs

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Web-Tools for Analyzing Emerging Trends

Program by:

Charlie French

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Socioeconomic Analysis: Why do it?

  • Identify emerging societal & environmental trends

  • Conduct Needs Assessment for targeting programs

  • Provides useful info for marketing our programs

  • Provides background about our audience(s)

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Socioeconomic Analysis: Why do it?

  • Vital source of business/economic development info

  • Impact Evaluation – are we doing any good?

  • Supplements grant applications/funding requests

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LycosGood for finding multimedia material

Ask JeevesHelps refine your search

GoogleGood for government material

InfoseekGood for business information

YahooContains lots of media resources

Searching for Information

Activity: Choose any program area and use the various search engines to find information pertaining to emerging trends?

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Searching for Information

Alta VistaTranslates Webpages

Hot BotOffers the most search opts

NetscapeGood for Hard research

ExciteFocuses on Consumers

AOLGood source of Office/Business info

Activity: Choose any program area and use the various search engines to find information pertaining to emerging trends?

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What Kind of Data is on the Web?

  • General Population Trends

  • Business and Economic Development

  • Agriculture/Rural America

  • Natural Resources Information

  • Youth and Family Issues

  • Health and Nutrition

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General Demographic Data

  • http://www.census.gov

  • The Bureau of the Census site is a

  • good starting point for research requiring facts and figures.

  • http://www.bea.doc.gov/

  • This site provides data at the regional, national, and international levels.

  • http://factfinder.census.gov/

  • General data on housing, demographics, business...

  • http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/tables/redist_nh.html#demoprofile: Provides specific Census info pertaining to New Hampshire

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Business and Economic Data

  • http://www.bls.gov Bureau of Labor Statistics contains National data on employment and income.

  • http://www.visitnh.gov/ Maintains statistics pertaining to NH tourism industry.

  • http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/index.htmlLook here for Labor Market information for New Hampshire.

  • http://www.buzzgate.org/ Serves as a clearinghouse for NH business information, data, and tools.

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1999 Per Capita Income

Source: ScanUS database

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Ag, Forestry, Water Resources Data

  • http://www.usda.gov/nass The US Department of Agriculture has national/state/local data from1997 Census of Agriculture.

  • http://www.srsfia.usfs.msstate.edu/ewman.htm Eastern Forest Inventory Database and Manual.

  • http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/internet/physical_geog_resources.html Comprehensive clearinghouse for data/information on soils, hydrology, climate, plants/animals, landform, ecoregions, etc.

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Ag, Forestry, Water Resources Data

  • www.usgs.gov The USGS maintains data links and resources pertaining to landform, biological resources & water resources.

  • http://www.epa.gov/waters/enviromapper/ ‘Enviromapper’ is an EPA site that allows users to interactively map information pertaining to water bodies in the U.S.

  • http://www.granit.sr.unh.edu/ Contains NH natural resource info

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Children Youth and Family Data

  • http://www.ed.gov/topics/topicsTier2.jsp?top=Research+%26+Stats&type=T&subtop=Statistics

  • This site contains national and state-level data on education and test scores.

  • http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/

  • This site provides links to data on children, youth, and families.

  • http://www.childrennh.org

  • This site has living-wage information for New Hampshire.

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7.9 - Percent Physical fighting

Incidents per 100 students ages 14-17 years per month

Year 2000


Non-Hispanic blacks


All adolescents



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Health and Nutrition Data

  • http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh.htm

  • National and state level health statistics (including disease risk factors, causes of death, health promotion strategies, etc.).

  • http://www.ahcpr.gov/data/

  • National Health Care data from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Washing utensils

Year 2000





Washing cutting boards


0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80


12.3 – Consumer food safety:



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Maps and Graphics

  • http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet Site enables you to build national, state & county census data maps

  • http://plue.sedac.ciesin.org/plue/ddviewer/The Demographic Data Viewer enables you to make county-level maps of various socioeconomic variables (1990 data).

  • http://www.granit.sr.unh.edu/ This on-line database enables you to build maps of

  • New Hampshire natural resource features.

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Maps and Graphics

  • http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com This site enables you to zoom in on aerial photos of most areas (1996 photos).

  • http://mapping.usgs.gov/partners/viewonline.htmlUSGS maintains links to other on-line mapping resources.

  • http://www.geographynetwork.com/index.htmlHas links to other on-line mapping engines.

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Surveys and Needs Assessments

  • http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/~lced/main.htmlThe University of Illinois’ Laboratory for Community and Economic Development has a database of sample surveys/needs assessments as well as an an on-line survey-builder.

  • http://www.cardi.cornell.edu/cd_toolbox_2/tools/downtown/methods.cfmProvides information a variety of community needs assessment tools.

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Surveys and Needs Assessments

  • http://www.ezec.gov/toolbox/cdmethods.htmlOutlines how to conduct successful community forums and Town Meetings.

  • http://www.unh.edu/survey-center/ Though the UNH survey Center typically charges a fee for survey work, Dr. Andy Smith often provides free sample surveys and technical assistance.

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Profile Builders

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/communpro.htm Shows community information and data for all NH towns/cities

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Build your Own Profile

  • Clear and Concise

  • Combine numbers with text and graphics

  • Maps add to Overall Impact

  • Don’t try to put too much in it