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MEDA Data Analysis: Families Earning Less Than $35,000 Annually in San Francisco

by Evaluator Severin Saenz (NOTE: Map is interactive) With the Annual Median Income (AMI) of $87,701 in San Francisco (ACS 2016; 5-Year Estimates), it’s easy to overlook low-wage workers who struggle to make ends meet. The average San Franciscan has a seemingly high AMI and from a cursory perspective it obscures the financial struggles of families earning lower wages.

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Client Surveys Indicate 21 Percent Live in Overcrowded Conditions

Severin Saenz of MEDA’s Evaluation team needed to be creative and strategic when she decided it would be valuable to do a survey of clients’ housing arrangements. What would be the relevant questions that would provide needed insight? What would be culturally relevant to Latino respondents, her target audience. To determine the best questions, Saenz…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Data Sharing Among Partners Now a Reality

“The price of light is less than the cost of darkness.” –Arthur C. Nielsen, market researcher and founder of ACNielsen  The need and challenge Michelle Reiss-Top (photo, top right) definitely understands the aforementioned quote about data. MEDA’s technology and data systems manager was tasked with implementing and optimizing Salesforce internally–a Herculean task by itself. Imagine…

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Numbers Crunched on Mission District San Francisco Housing Crunch

The Evaluation Task When Severin Saenz of MEDA’s adroit Evaluation Team received a request to delve into tax stats from the 2014 season, she knew some interesting community facts would be ascertained. Little did she realize to what extent. Saenz was tasked with gleaning information from approximately 3,400 tax returns–prepared for free by MEDA staff…

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