Step 3: Determine the Type of Data Necessary
Typically, neighborhood data falls into one of five categories: 1) population and demographics; 2) educational attainment; 3) income, occupation, and employment; 4) housing and property; and, 5) crime.
Is it housing data for which you're looking? Or crime data? Or both? Do you need another type of data to help you describe what is going on with your original data set? For example, if you are looking into a population increase in your ward, would it be beneficial to collect data about recent births or new housing construction? If you seek to gauge exactly how much or to what degree population has changed over a particular time frame, the population statistics alone should be sufficient. However, if you would like to further describe or determine the cause of this change, it will be necessary to obtain other related statistics to help you in doing so.