Water Research: Mapping and Visualizing Publicly Accessible Data
The Community Research Collective has used the knowledge gained through working with public data to lead community workshops about how to make FOIA requests. We worked with the Detroit Health Department to use the data to illustrate the impact of water shutoffs on public health.
Major Water Research Accomplishments
- Created maps and visualizations related to Detroit’s water shutoff crisis
- Published a book, "Mapping the Water Crisis: The Dismantling of African-American Neighborhoods in Detroit" (2016), on the results of our water-related research. This is volume one of a three-part series documenting the effects of austerity and its relationship to race in Detroit.
- Executed a two-year, city-wide public health survey investigating the impact of water shutoffs on public health
- Have been invited to present our research at universities, community teach-ins, public health organizations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
- Completed a study with Henry Ford Health System, which shows a correlation between water shutoffs and water-related illnesses.
Data Visualization Collection
Read more about the health impact study here