Neighborhood Data for Social Change

The Neighborhood Data for Social Change platform is a user-friendly digital tool that provides access to reliable, aggregated data at the neighborhood level.


The NDSC platform compiles and organizes neighborhood (census tract) level data from a variety of sources in order to analyze and disseminate findings to decision makers. The NDSC platform supports strong policy that is data informed and relevant to a wide range of local stakeholders, including: local governments, media, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and the general public.

The NDSC data platform is not only about producing data. The platform requires community engagement and stakeholder feedback to tell stories about shifts, changes, and challenges to local neighborhoods. The platform empowers community leaders and neighborhood organizations to better tell their stories by:

Tracking measurable change within community or neighborhood boundaries

  • Accessing technical assistance to better understand and use data to enhance their mission
  • Using data to more strategically plan community development strategies
  • Assessing the impact of new policies, programs, or external shocks much more immediately

In partnership with KCET, NDSC helps tell the stories of L.A. neighborhood  through maps, charts, data analysis, and storytelling; helping community stakeholders track measurable change, and ultimately advocate for a better quality of life within their communities. Click here to view our recent stories.

Click here to visit the Neighborhood Data for Social Change Platform 


NDSC Community Training Schedule:

We are pleased to announce a full schedule of community training workshops for the Neighborhood Data for Social Change platform. Participants will learn to access data for specific neighborhoods and cities within Los Angeles County, learn more about the data and understand why specific data sets are important, and conceptualize data stories to better tell the stories of their community.

Trainings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at USC. Trainings are open to the public and free to attend.

To RSVP for an NDSC Community Training Workshop, please fill out the following form.  Trainings are 1 hour.

NDSC Steering Committee 

Lisa Catanzarite, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Marcia Choo, Wells Fargo

Wilma Franco, Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative 

Andrea Giese, Pacific Asian Consortium on Employment

Lila Guirguis, Karsh Family Social Service Center

M. Bruce Gumbiner, Cathay Bank

George Hernandez, East West Bank

Jeanne Holm, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation

Matthew Horton, Milken Institute

Sam Joo, Para Los Ninos

Claudia Lima, CIT Bank

Tom Lillig, Bank of the West

Elyce Martinez, Coalition for Responsible Community Development

Kevin Miller, Microsoft

Claudia Monterrosa, Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

Edward-Michael Muna, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Allie Olson, LIFT-Los Angeles

Phyllis Owens, Community Partners

Eva Pereira, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Budget & Innovation

Paul Pulido, South Los Angeles Transit-Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z)

Justin Scoggins, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Camino Smith, Banner Bank

Ali Tarzi, JPMorgan Chase

Jennifer Thomas Arthurs, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Tara Watford, The Bail Project

Nenji Yilpet, Los Angeles Education Partnership

Erich Yost, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Field Policy & Management

NDSC Sponsors