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.

Healthy Stores Survey released

The Healthy Stores for Healthy Communities campaign just released the results of their statewide surveys. We've included their factsheet for Alameda County below as it contains some useful data on our communities here. More than 7,000 stores were surveyed in all 58 California counties, which included convenience, supermarket, liquor, tobacco, small market, discount, drug and [...]

By | March 5th, 2014|Public Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eden Area Livability Initiative: Community Profile 2013

The Eden Area Community Profile 2013 was commissioned by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to provide both a new baseline for understanding the five diverse communities in the Eden Area and to evaluate the changes since the initial profile was prepared. It is intended to support the work of Phase II of the Eden Area [...]

By | March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Open Data stories #1

An underlying premise behind open data is that you, the creator of a dataset, may not know the best use of your data and therefore need to leave the data open and let the future decide. It is a hard decision for a data analyst who believes that data needs to be properly handled by [...]

By | February 12th, 2014|Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|0 Comments

Lead Contamination Repair Grants Available

Grants Available for Home Repairs  Do you have a pre-1978 home in Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville or Oakland? Are there any children under 6, or a pregnant woman, living in the home? Or do children under 6 regularly visit? Is the household low-income? If so, you may qualify for up to $4,000 in grants for lead [...]

By | February 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our 2014 Team

We're putting the finishing touches on our first Impact Report this week and we realized that we didn't have a current pic of our team, so here are the great people behind all of our work lately and the crew to lead us strong in 2014, minus one fantastic Mr. Calvin Williams!

By | February 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Job Availability: Research Assoc with Housing Experience

We're hiring! This is a great role with a top team. We're looking for an experienced housing and urban planning researcher. Solid data analysis, mapping and policy skills required. More info and apply online here.

By | January 31st, 2014|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Oakland’s Citizens Redistricting Commission

In late 2013 as the city's redistricting process began to wind down, several organizations involved in the Oakland Votes Coalition and city officials began talking about the possibility of creating a Citizens Redistricting Commission to avoid the usual politicized process in Oakland every 10 years.  The commission concept has been discussed as being somewhat aligned [...]

By | January 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Affordable Housing Needs (Data)

Way back in 2011, we carried out a comprehensive study of the data landscape in the Bay Area related to the important work of affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization efforts for Enterprise Community Partners.  The report got delivered to our clients but we realized that we did not ever publish the results. Despite the time [...]

By | January 30th, 2014|Economic Development|0 Comments

Smarter Crime Fighting

It's a rare thing for us to post something from the TED world but this talk by Anne Milgram of the Arnold Foundation (and the former attorney general of New Jersey) is worth watching.  Our work to build a more data driven community safety and justice system in Alameda County mirrors much of her experience [...]

By | January 29th, 2014|Community Safety and Justice|0 Comments

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak introduces open data bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Spiker, the executive director of OpenOakland who also works for the Urban Strategies Council, said turning the data over to local tech communities allows them to create apps that meet the needs of their neighborhoods. Read More

By | January 14th, 2014|Press|0 Comments