Preparing Community Profiles
People are at the root of community profiling: they create the need for planning functions, and they experience the effects - for better or worse - of planning efforts. ""Community Profiling"" is often essential for effective planning. ""Planning"" are synonymous terms; they mean the same. But unless planners know who ""their people"" are and how their characteristics affect - and are affected by - various professional functions, planners cannot fully meet the needs of the population they are profiling. Thus, although it is not a core planning focus, such as land use or transportation, demographic analysis occupies a position of overarching importance in community profiling.
- Using software to access and analyze census data
- Identifying independent and dependent variables
- Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
- Quantitative writing
- Identifying population trends over time
- Translating data findings to inform decision making
- Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
- The fundamental Community Profile you will be preparing should adequately prepare you to understand the very basic workings of population analysis along with its connection with related professional goals and activities that may enhance your career market ability in the coming years.
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