The Survivor Economic Equity Data (SEED) Dashboard
As part of the Mapping & Advancing Equity Project, the SEED Dashboard is an interactive data dashboard – in 3 parts – that paints a picture of the inequitable safety landscape facing survivors of gender-based violence in each state.
Our aim is to equip the gender-based violence field with data to shift and fuel their advocacy toward systems and policy change.
Use the links below to navigate to each “map” for additional detail, instructions, and to start exploring the dashboards.
Safety for survivors requires economic security. Domestic violence creates financial hardship, and poverty, in turn, restricts survivors’ options for safety. While anyone can experience abuse, not everyone can access the resources and support they need to be, get, and stay safe. Survivors from oppressed communities are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence due to policies and systems that impede their access to resources and safety.
Inequity is the set of unfair circumstances, created by policies and practices, that create unequal outcomes in life. An equity approach to anti-violence work, therefore, seeks to change the policies and systems that create unequal access to the resources, supports, and opportunities needed for safety.
Data paints a clear picture of the inequitable safety landscape that survivors of intimate-partner and other gender-based violence face. Data can illuminate the need and support arguments for new laws, programs and services. It can help us shift the focus from what survivors do to what systems and policies do.
- Inequity is an outcome – we see it by looking downstream at differences in life outcomes. Where data shows racial or other disparities in violence, health, education, poverty, housing, childcare, and so on, we see inequity. Maps 1 & 2 share demographic and outcome data, and we’re working to create an equity score or index to more clearly illuminate factors important to survivor equity.
- Inequity is also a process – disparities in life outcomes point us to look upstream at what caused it. Systems, services, policies, practices that place undue burden on individuals, ignore historic inequities, and reproduce barriers to resources and opportunities needed for safety. Map 3 will share funding, service, and policy data to help identify targets of change. (policy data coming soon!)
Values Guiding the Work
Equity is a process. Data can fuel equity, but it can also categorize, other, and exclude. Alongside project advisors and partners, CSAJ identified shared values for using and sharing data. These values may also serve as helpful guideposts when examining the research and data of other sources. See related values guiding the entire Mapping & Advancing Equity Project, here.
While the dashboard currently presents quantitative data, we believe that stories, lived experience, documentation, policy/practice, partnership and community building are all important data. We need data in all forms to create change.
with the least resources and options for recourse.
from individual responsibility to systems accountability. We believe data has a role to play in challenging and changing the economic narrative around survivor safety. Data can expose the mainstream, economic narrative of “economic self-sufficiency” as both false and harmful. And data can help us shift the narrative of safety to one requiring community, abundance, and cooperation.
Survivors, advocates, and their communities are the experts in their own lives and key agents in changing inequitable systems. Survivors and communities should not only be able to understand data, but should gather, interpret, and wield it to create change.
Data is powerful and can be wielded to expand understanding, just as easily as it can be wielded to exclude.
It should clarify and illuminate, not obscure – forcing systems and those in power to be held accountable. Data should not be territorial or controlled by any one person or group (especially government). It should not be coerced or used to extract information from impacted communities without commitments to create change. It should be used to illuminate needs, deepen understanding, and build solidarity across communities and social justice movements. Data should be clear about what it means, what it doesn’t, and its limitations.
Data is not simply a statistic, but can support conversation, partnership building, and identify issues that can be changed.
Who Can Benefit & How
Statewide Domestic Violence Coalitions, other coalitions, and policy advocates.
To understand state equity landscapes, from an expanded sense of who lives in your state to who is disproportionately impacted by domestic and sexual violence, and whether opportunities for safety are available. Put dashboard data together with other data to craft stories or arguments for policy/systems change, to identify policy priorities and build partnerships, and identify additional data needs to fuel systems/policy advocacy.
Direct service advocates and programs.
To understand state equity landscapes, identify and prioritize economic advocacy priorities, identify communities you may not be reaching, and identify needed partners. It may also help you identify ways statewide coalitions can support economic equity work across your state, and/or plug into state, regional, or national advocacy efforts. This data may also be useful to programs and organizations (particularly grassroots and survivor-led programs) who need data to establish as a 501c3, write grants, or otherwise obtain or justify funding.
Funders & Funding Administrators.
To help identify communities disproportionately impacted by violence, what economic supports and opportunities are needed for safety, thus informing how funding strategies can meet need and advance equity. For funders of racial and economic justice efforts, it may help expand a gender justice lens to current funding strategies. It may also help identify and engage historically oppressed communities as experts, identify areas where additional funding or grantee support is needed, and engage in or support systems and policy advocacy.
Get Help & Get Involved
We’re here to help you understand, navigate, use, and even gather additional data to support your advocacy efforts.
Key CSAJ & supplemental resources informing the idea and realization of the dashboard (since 2018).
Data Collection & Exploratory Research on How Domestic Violence Coalitions Practice Economic & Racial Justice
In September 2017, REEP facilitated seven From Margins to Center Listening Sessions to facilitate dialogue across the field on…
The Economic Security for Survivors Atlas will be released in a series of three Map Books: Mapping, Navigating, and…
Development of the dashboard dates back to 2018-19 with formative research and a preliminary dashboard (built in Excel). Below are key methods to the current build. View Data & Methodology Doc.
- 2018-19: Literature Review, Coalition Interviews, review of OVW grant reporting requirements. (see report)
- 2020-2021: Initial data gathering (primarily from U.S. Census and National Intimiate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey) and pilot dashboard in Excel to support, and done in partnership with, the ALSO-SITAP Project (State Intensive Technical Assistance Project).
- 2022: Developed initial “mapping” framework and held data “think-fests” with Partners & Content Experts to develop structure and identify categories and key indicators.
- 2022-2023: Researched and gathered data from secondary data sets, compiling in a “Data Gathering & Source List” (valuing diverse data sets from Census to grassroots, journalism, oral history/story sources).
- 2023: Built “Landscape of Violence” Dashboard, and rescoped “Safety Landscapes” indicators, sub-categorizing as access and outcome indicators in each landscape. Engaged a data visualization scientist to advise and lead future builds.
- March-July 2023: Completed Build
- Future Methods: Convene advisory board to review, refine, and develop an index or scoring to weigh and evaluate policy and policy outcomes.