Through their partnership, PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) released the National Equity Atlas in 2014. As a first-of-its-kind data tool, the Atlas provides data on 34 equity indicators for 301 geographies. The Atlas database has also been used to create comprehensive "Equity Profiles" in a dozen sites across the U.S. Through our process, we’ve found that the “profiles” are incredibly useful tools for bringing diverse community partners together to make a powerful, data-backed case and build political will for equity policy solutions.

For example, Fairfax County equity advocates used the profile to convince the county and the school board to adopt a “One Fairfax” resolution to develop and implement a data-driven racial and social equity policy.

Users have requested the ability to create their own profiles, tailored to their communities and campaigns. Through this Opportunity Hack, we aim to create a simple tool where users can pull charts from the Atlas and add their own stories to create an equity snapshot of their regions — empowering them to be able to tell their own stories and strengthening their advocacy efforts.


  • The challenges faced by the Policy Link team to go through the huge statistical data and creating the policy document for the consumers was a tedious work. The days and weeks spent to create just a single portfolio only lasted until there was editions suggested by the consumer, and it was difficult to get the editable version of the paper-based portfolio. This is where we decided to take on the challenge to create a tool to automate this process and help make everyone's lives easier!

What it does

  • We implemented a multi-page app which reads and filters all the data from the existing National Equity Atlas website and helps create an editable document for the policy makers.

How I built it

  • We used MEAN stack for implementing it.

Challenges I ran into

  • Dynamic content loading while using dropdown and radio buttons
  • Creating preview for the final editable document
  • Trying to use the system local storage instead of the browser sessions

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • Opportunity to make best use of our skills set and to help the community by providing automated tools which will

What I learned

  • Session storage
  • Dynamic content loading
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