About Spike

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

Help us improve InfoAlamedaCounty

Have you ever used the InfoAlamedaCounty.org website? No? Click here to learn how you can get free data, maps and more for Oakland and Alameda County!  Yes, I know about or have used InfoAlamedaCounty.org Please take a quick 5 minute survey to help us improve the site: We are working on a potential redesign of [...]

By | February 4th, 2015|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Data Request

We have always had a community data service available where we offer a limited amount of time to help CBOs, government staff and independent researchers find data, get that data, find maps or other technical work we may have produced or could put together very quickly. We just haven't made it really easy for you [...]

By | November 14th, 2014|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Oakland Achieves- Progress Report on our schools

In our second annual report on student progress in Oakland, we examine how well public education outcomes match the great potential of our children. The report reviews a full range of data on Oakland student outcomes from cradle to career. Wherever possible, it includes data from district-operated schools and charter schools. We have added several [...]

By | July 30th, 2014|Education Reform|0 Comments

Open Data in Oakland: A Case Study

Opening up government data has the potential to engage residents, increase accountability and spur new uses of data. As one of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership’s founding members, Urban Strategies Council has used data as a tool to improve low-income communities for almost three decades.  This week we're releasing a case study on the City [...]

By | June 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Digital Divide in Alameda County

The digital divide is a very real and very stable reality in communities like Oakland, California.  Knowing which neighborhoods have solid access to high speed internet is a critical aspect of planning for government and nonprofit provided online services- if we want low income folks from Oakland's flatlands to use a new digital application, we'd [...]

By | May 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Come Hell or High Water screening & online chat

WORLD Channel, series America ReFramed and the filmmakers of  Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek invite you to join them for an online screening and live chat simulcast with the film's national broadcast. Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the journey of Derrick Evans, who moves [...]

By | April 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is Oakland ready for a redistricting Commission?

If you'd prefer to never see this kind of mess happening Oakland you should join Oakland Votes and many residents of the city to work on the creation of an independent Redistricting Commission for our city! Details on the flyer below. This will be a ballot measure this November assuming that city council passes it.  [...]

By | April 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2012 Alameda County Violent Crime Fact Sheet

As part of our work in supporting the Alameda County Violence Prevention Initiative we recently produced an update of our county Violence Fact Sheet.  According to the 2012 uniform crime reports, Alameda County had higher rates of violent crime than California and the Nation. Over the past decade, 2003 to 2012, Alameda County and California [...]

Foresight 2020: The Oakland Votes Coalition report

After a successful year in 2013 we wanted to share with you our newly released report that provides a powerful overview of the work necessary to protect our voting rights in Oakland. The Oakland Votes Redistricting Coalition (OVRC) is a coalition of organizations and activists who fought to defend voting rights in our city in [...]

By | March 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clearing the air on the DAC

In recent weeks we’ve heard from many concerned residents of Oakland that they would like to know more about our “report that shows the DAC and cameras will reduce crime”.  We rarely feel compelled to correct public misinformation about our work but we feel that this is an important issue and our organization’s reputation is [...]

By | March 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments