Which Census dataset does the Just Spaces tool compare survey data to?
Just Spaces compares survey data to US Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. For this reason, we are bound to Census geographies (Just Spaces uses Census block group-level data).


Can I use the Just Spaces tool to examine changes in public space use longitudinally (over time)?
Absolutely. A useful feature of the tool is that you can conduct a survey as many times as you’d like from the “Run survey” page. Then, you’ll be able to compare results from the “View collected data” page.


Can multiple people from my organization run the same surveys?
Yes! Each user from your organization/agency should have a different account, but you will all be able to access the same surveys. There are different permissions levels we can assign to accounts, such as field users (can only run surveys) or staff users (can run surveys as well as create/edit/delete surveys).


When running observational surveys, how do I know people’s age/race/gender simply from looking at them?
These responses in observational surveys will be based on your perceptions. Age ranges are quite broad for this reason. Perceived race and gender may be problematically biased or skewed by the identities of the surveyor, and it’s important to consider these nuances when analyzing and presenting data.


What if I want to customize data analysis or visualization?
The Just Spaces tool was designed to be widely accessible, which presents tradeoffs in the amount of customization possible. However, you can download survey data as a CSV from the “View collected data” page to analyze or visualize your data in whichever software you are most comfortable working with. Additionally, the tool was built using open source code which you can download from DataMade’s GitHub page and customize as you see fit!

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