Visual Data

Hearth Connection utilizes a variety of measurement tools to track and analyze participant progress. In order to discover and share stories about the people served in our long-term homeless projects, we are exploring new technology that can display our data in an interactive format.


Flexible Service Levels and Self-Sufficiency Matrix Scores


click to explore Self-Sufficiency Matrix Dashboard

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See a quick guide on how to use Tableau

In the summer of 2015, Hearth Connection conducted a series of presentations and conversations throughout Minnesota. We expanded on research first presented in 2014, focusing on the results of participant Self-Sufficiency Matrix scores while enrolled in our programs, especially in connection with our Flexible Service Levels model.

To keep the conversation going, Hearth is sharing selections from the pool of data from which we report. Click on the image above to interact with our findings! There you can filter and sort through information to see how matrix scores, demographics, and service levels interact. 


General Demographics



click to explore data by GENDER

click to explore graph by RACE

See notes on how we selected data

See a quick guide on how to use Tableau

The graphs above display general demographics for heads of households who have participated in our supportive housing projects. Results in these graphs are sorted by race or gender and can be filtered further by specific regions, age groups, program status, and whether the participant lives in site-based or scattered site (mobile team services) housing.

Data points of interest:

  • While children and youth under age 18 are the largest age group served in our projects, these graphs show the largest age group for heads of households is 50-59 years old.
  • The increase in ethnic diversity moves from older to younger age groups, which parallels the general population trend in Minnesota.
  • There is a continuous increase in the representation of females as the age groups move from older to younger.

Check Back for More!

Check this space for more interactive dashboards as we expand our repertoire of visualizations illuminating the stories of our program participants. Please give us your feedback; click here to contact us regarding visual data.

Data displayed in these dashboards

  • The data included starts in 2007 after the regional long-term homeless projects were established.
  • We've sorted our data by our site-based service providers—those who provide services and housing in multi-unit residential facilities—and our mobile team service providers who provide services to program participants in scattered site, private affordable housing units.
  • Data are current as of January 2015.
  • Hearth Connection’s programs serve single adults, families, and unaccompanied youth. For all families represented here, the gender/race/age data refer to the head of household.
  • Our dashboards organize participant data by gender and five race categories as specified by U.S. Census data: American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White.

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Quick Guide on How To Use Tableau

These interactive visualizations were designed using Tableau software. They are designed to let users manipulate and filter sets of data. Filtered results of our data are represented in the larger bar graphic with the number of participant households measured on the y-axis. The x-axis is sorted by gender (on General Demographics 1) and by race (on General Demographics 2). Along the right side are a set of pie chart filters. You can click on any section of any pie chart and the larger bar graphic will adjust to show the new visualization of data. For example, General Demographics 1 shows that we have had 337 white male participants in our program since 2007. If you click on the orange section of pie labeled "Currently enrolled" in the Filter by Status section, the graphic will adjust to show you that 156 of those participants are still active in our program today.

Multiple filters can be active at once - hold down the Ctrl button and click to select multiple filter regions. To turn off a filter, click on that section of pie again. The [undo] arrow at the top of the page will reset all filters. If you hover your cursor over any section of the large graphic or a filter you will see a pop-up showing how many participants are within that region of the picture.

Tableau has many tutorials; click here for a link to their training site.

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