Invitation to Data Takes Webinar Series to Discuss How Data Can Be Used for Housing Policy

Announcing Data Talks: A Webinar Series on Local Housing Data

Join the Housing Solutions Lab for a series of free, 45-minute lunchtime webinars on using local data sources to inform housing policy.

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As part of their regular functions, city and county agencies, community-based organizations and businesses gather data about people, properties, and transactions. These local data are a valuable source of information about local housing needs and whether a locality’s existing housing policies are effective. But they also come with some challenges.

The Lab is committed to helping cities unlock the power of local data and will host Data Talks, a series of five mini-webinars between November 2023 and August 2024. Each webinar will be held from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. and will address different topics related to utilizing local data to improve housing policies. The topics will include data collection and analysis, examining data from rental properties, surveying residents, assessing housing quality, and presenting data to the public.

Tune into each 45-minute session for a short presentation, a fireside chat with a city or housing authority partner about their experience with using or collecting local data, and an opportunity to engage with panelists via a Q&A session. 

Our series kicks off on Thursday, November 16, with Session 1: Local Housing Data 101, a primer on local data and the benefits and challenges of using these data to inform housing policy. This episode will feature a fireside chat with Kimberly Rubens, Chief of Policy and Research at Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development


This event has passed, but you can click below to watch all our past Data Talks webinars.

Data Talks 2 — January 2024: Learning About Rental Properties: Property Data, Registries, and Surveys

Data Talks 3 — March 2024: Surveying Residents About Housing Needs

Data Talks 4 — May 2024: Building a Real-Time Homelessness Data System

Data Talks 5 — June 2024: Understanding Housing Quality

Data Talks 6 — August 2024: Presenting Data to the Public: Storytelling with Local Data

Don’t forget to join our mailing list to stay in the loop as we open registration for future sessions, access post-webinar recordings, and view related resources.

If you have questions about the webinar series, contact Director of New Research Partnerships Claudia Aiken at

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