UG Launches S.O.A.R. Dashboard to Improve Appearance, Communication, and Safety

Recently the Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) launched the SOAR Dashboard, an interactive, data-driven resource now accessible to residents in KCK. The main purpose of the dashboard is to track progress and communicate about the overall appearance and safety of the region in alignment with the Stabilization, Occupation, and Revitalization (S.O.A.R.) initiative.

The dashboard was built by mySidewalk, a Kansas City based city intelligence software company. mySidewalk worked with the UG hand-in-hand to create a centralized location for all S.O.A.R.-related data making it easier for staff to track quarterly progress on goals; provide context with visualized data; and tell an engaging story of progress about S.O.A.R. programs.

S.O.A.R. is a 5-year plan to confront some of the most pervasive challenges in the appearance, communication, and safety within KCK neighborhoods. The S.O.A.R. effort began in January 2016 with staff from across the UG meeting to discuss property maintenance, vacant and abandoned properties, concerns of safety, and obstacles and challenges facing staff in improving the appearance and safety of the community.

From those discussions, staff determined that more robust data collection and sharing was needed to track, understand, and address these community concerns. There was also a significant desire to enhance communications with residents and businesses related to property maintenance and safety programs, as well as a need to enhance the processes for prompt response to these issues and concerns from the community. More