Americans for the Arts needed an online tool with the capability to make both their National Arts Index and Local Arts Index available to the public.
Automatic report generator creates customized 160-page reports
Captures data from all 3,144 counties nationwide
KDG manages multi-gig data sets for the Local Arts Index
In 2011, Americans for the Arts created the Local Arts Index, a set of measures that, when taken together, describe the breadth, depth, and character of the cultural life of individual communities.
Working with the organization’s project research director, Dr. Roland Kushner of Muhlenberg College, KDG developed a web-based application that employs thousands of data points for each of the nation’s 3,144 counties. And, because indicators change over time, the system was designed to accommodate, support, update, and display ever-changing data sets.
“The Kyle David Group provided an invaluable combination of expertise and service that helped us put dozens of indicators of local arts vitality into the hands of community leaders and arts managers all over the country,” describes Roland Kushner, an associate professor of business at Muhlenberg College. “Far from treating the Arts Index as a routine commercial endeavor, KDG dug deep, and developed creative workarounds to help us get the most out of an unusual data set.”
KDG would go on to help Americans for the Arts devise a strategy for developing an automatic report generator, enabling any county to produce a customized 160-page report that not only provides individual county data, but contextualizes that data against similar counties using 14 socio-economic variables―all with the click of a button.
KDG implemented this solution by creating www.ArtsIndexUSA.org, a portal that allows advocates, reporters, and concerned citizens to easily see how their county compares to other counties at the touch of a button. KDG continues to manage multi-gig data sets for the Local Arts Index, and extend the indicators through changing and evolving arts climates.