Using the Site
Using the Site
This section is provided to help you make the most of Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Community Indicators.
1. A Guide to the Gulf Coast Community Indicators Website
Gulf Coast Community Indicators is rich with information, with indicators provided in both text and graphic format. Detailed information, trends, and maps are also available. Some users will want quick reference information, while others will want more detail. Spending a few minutes reviewing this section may aid your work and help make using the Gulf Coast Community Indicators website a more satisfying experience.
Organization of the Site
Information on this site can be accessed from the thematic tabs that extend across the entire page just below the main image. To view a list of all of the indicators tracked, click the “View All Indicators” tab on the right-hand side of the main image. Helpful links are listed above the search bar on the right-hand side of the website and contain overview information relating to Gulf Coast Community Indicators, including:
|About Us||Information on the goals of Gulf Coast Community Indicators and the organizations that participated in developing it|
|Using the Site||Current section|
|Resources||Information about and links to other valuable sources of data|
|FAQs||Frequently asked questions about the site and its content|
Additionally, to the right of the search bar, the “Contact Us” button links to information on how to get in touch with the Community Indicators initiative.
The tabs underneath the main image relate to the six themes selected for Gulf Coast Community Indicators. These are arranged alphabetically across the page. By clicking on any of these tabs, you will be taken to the main page for that theme. This page is the launching pad for your review and research.
On each theme page you will find a brief description of the theme and a summary of recent trends. Below that is an indicator dashboard, providing quick access to information that is the most timely and relevant to important issues impacting our community. Along the left side of the page is the following:
|Theme Indicators||Display of sub-themes and “View All.” Clicking on a sub-theme provides a list of indicators. Clicking on “View All” provides a list of all indicators in that theme.|
Related Indicators: There might be some indicators that do not live in this theme, but are related. You can find these indicators here.
Resources: Gulf Coast Community Indicators provides these links as a convenience, but does not necessarily endorse the organizations involved or their programs, nor can it affirm the accuracy of information in linked sites.
Navigating the Site
Here are several additional tips for navigating the Gulf Coast Community Indicators website:
|To return to the home page...||From any page on the site, you can return to the home page by clicking on the Gulf Coast Community Indicators logo in the upper left corner of the page, or by clicking on the Home icon located next to the Demographics topic.|
|To get to a theme page...||From any page on the site, you can navigate to a theme page by clicking on the orange tab with the name of the theme.|
|To customize charts...||After clicking on the charts in the detailed indicator pages, you can customize your own chart with the data available by clicking on or off the items in the legend. To view the underlying data, hover over the chart. You may also print or save these charts using the buttons in the upper right corner of the chart.|
|To download data...||After clicking on the detailed indicator pages, click on “Data Tables.” By clicking on this, you will be able to see the data|
|data...||displayed in a table. Below the table click on “Download Data Table” to open the data in an Excel spreadsheet.|
2. A Glossary of Terms:
|TERM||DEFINITION AND HOW IT IS USED IN THE GULF COAST COMMUNITY INDICATORS WEBSITE|
|Indicator||An indicator is a measure that helps to describe an economic, environmental, social, or cultural condition over time. An indicator is usually expressed as a rate or percent, such as the poverty rate, the unemployment rate, or the volunteering rate. Gulf Coast Community Indicators provides information and analysis on more than 70 indicators throughout this website. For each of the six indicator categories, the individual indicators are accessed from the main page, or theme page. A list of every indicator is available by clicking on “View All Indicators” on the right side of the page.|
|Inflation Adjusted||This refers to an actual value that is adjusted to account for inflation. The changes in a series of actual values over time reflect several factors, including inflation. If the series is inflation adjusted, however, the changes reflect only the other factors. For example, median household income in our region (Financial Self-Sufficiency) is adjusted to the most recent year in the series.|
|Median||The median refers to the mid-point of a set of values. For example, median household income in our region (Financial Self-Sufficiency) is $47,009. This means that an equal number of households earn more than $47,099 as earn less.|
|Percent||The portion of the whole represented by any given value. The whole is 100 percent, and the percent of any given value is its relationship to 100 percent. Mathematically, the percent is derived by dividing the given value by the value of the whole, and then by multiplying the result by 100 to express the result as a percent.|
|Per capita||Per person (literally, "per head"). This measure is particularly useful in comparing activity among units of differing sizes. An example is comparing public assistance per capita in the Gulf Coast region to regions in other states.|
|Poverty Level||The United States government uses two principal methods to measure poverty: the poverty thresholds established by the Census Bureau and the poverty guidelines used by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Census Bureau approach is used to determine how many people live in poverty, and the Health and Human Services data is used for various benefit programs, such as eligibility for food stamps. In some applications, eligibility for federal assistance programs is based on multiples of the poverty guidelines (such as 125% or 165% of the poverty level). The difference in these measures is not significant.|
|Rate||The relationship between two values. For example, when driving, the rate of speed is measured by the distance traveled (miles) in a certain amount of time (hours). Hence, the rate of speed is expressed as miles per hour. Rates can be expressed in a variety of ways. Gulf Coast Community Indicators strives to use rates that are understandable. An example is the number of crimes against people per 100,000 residents (Quality of Life).|
|Region||The Gulf Coast region is defined in this project as Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.|