Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #287
Open Data and Community Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 30, 2016
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Vevey 1 & 2, Swissotel
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Translational
Chair: Bradley G. Frieswyk (BGF Performance Systems, LLC)
RON VAN HOUTEN (Western Michigan University)
PATRICK B. MARCOTTE (Chicago Community Data Project)
REGINA L. MAENDLER (Chicago Community Data Project)
Abstract: Data related to crime, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and economic development are becoming publicly available at an unprecedented rate. States, counties, and cities are making data available through open application programming interfaces, which allows developers to create data analysis platforms and a variety of customized visualizations. This increase in the availability of open data presents a unique opportunity for behavior analysts interested in working at the community level. Legislative decision-making based on careful analysis of public data can ensure better allocation of time, money, and resources to programs producing meaningful changes in each community, and behavior analysts are uniquely positioned to help community stakeholders and policymakers use public data to identify socially significant community interventions. In this panel discussion, presenters will describe trends in the availability and scope of open data, examples of the use of open source tools for analyzing data and presenting data to community stakeholders, and examples of effective community interventions.
Keyword(s): Community Interventions, Open Data, Standard Measurement



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