IncluCivics App (Code for Nasville)
Are you interested in helping improve or adapt our app? We welcome feedback and collaboration.
Purpose: Visualize under representation & under compensation in Metro Workforce
Status: Active (rebooted in 2019)
The application uses pie charts to show the proportion of Metro Nashville employees by race or gender within 3 income brackets. A user can select specific Departments or previous quarters to view. The main summary page shows change over time with miniature line graphs (spark-lines), but only for race.
Room for Improvement
However, it does not:
- Compare the Metro employee demographics against the city residents
- Highlight departments that are particularly under representative
- Share statistical significance
- Consider intersections of race with gender
- Consider pay comparisons with each of the 3 salary buckets
- Consider part vs. full time employment
Discovering Brigade History
It was funny for me (@Tim) to discover this app was our only ever practical government partnership. In fact, someone in Metro Human Relations Commission helped found Code for Nashville so we could build this app. But, the project and certainly the sense of purpose had dwindled by the time I started volunteering so that I didn’t take it seriously until I had been a Brigade lead for a year and a volunteer discovered old newspaper articles about the app.
Apparently, our leadership had turned over a couple times before we could get it deployed on the site Metro HRC bought for it and it’s been sitting in our closet since. So, we’ve started resurrecting that relationship and it’s been an interesting way to learn about (and hopefully from) our own (short) history.