This week we worked to begin finalizing our project. For many weeks, we’d been working to add a social element to our project. To address this, we are connecting with the Los Altos Senior Commission, an organization we identified as having possible connections to underserved groups within Los Altos. After having talked with Deland at the end of class on Wednesday and with Jenn last week, it became clear that we could develop a narrative about these underserved groups and connect it back to the data that we have been working with. Additionally, we met with Jenn (our project partner) at her office in Los Altos. In the meeting, we discussed the second draft of our data visualizations, as well as possible alterations to the intended project deliverables. Jenn helped to clarify her requests on what we produce for the literature review and report. Many cities in the Silicon Valley are actually in the process of producing economic development plans, so Jenn was saying that the research we do on other cities’ plans will be useful for other cities as well. Therefore, for each plan we will identify the city’s goals for economic development and the strategies to obtain these goals. She also sent Carolyn and Economic Development Strategic Planning guide to help facilitate the types of drivers that are often useful when considering economic development. Additionally, the team discussed with Jenn that she would like all completed work to be included in a single document, so this is helpful as we begin to consider how we structure and develop our final deliverables.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
As mentioned above, this week we focused on finalizing the direction of our project. Moving forward, we intend to begin gathering our thoughts and information so that we can begin developing our final presentation. Specifically, we will incorporate our narrative about underserved groups within Los Altos (i.e. house-rich/cash-poor senior citizens) into our project. This was not part of the original intent of the project, but arose as we realized we needed/wanted to incorporate an element of social impact into our project. This will be in addition to our original working plan (data analysis/visualization for Economic Big Book), not in place of. We will still develop data visualization for Los Altos to the best of our abilities. Jenn and Evan walked through how she would like the data visualization using Excel, particularly paying attention to formatting and use of data. This is very helpful as we work to refine our existing graphs and produce any additional graphs necessary to fully tell the narrative of Los Altos.
Finishing the Project
Since the final deliverables are due in about 2 weeks we also spent time discussing how we should approach the completion of our project. We decided that it would be good to split up our tasks based on our different interests and skills. Since Evan is the most comfortable with Excel he will be tackling a lot of the graph and data visualization components. Whereas, Carolyn is leveraging her background with the Bay Area and economics to spearhead the literature review research and development of the narrative we want to portray in our final report and presentation. Finally, Sungmoon has taken a lot of initiative to begin drafting the final report and powerpoint because she has a strong writing background. Splitting up tasks this week has helped the group make a lot of tangible progress towards the final deliverables. After meeting with Jenn we met to discuss how to split up tasks next week, as next week will hopefully be used to wrap up a lot of the loose ends of the project. Sungmoon and Carolyn are going to try to finish the literature review on Sunday so that next week can be dedicated to incorporating the literature review into the final report.