Note: This is a legacy feature. The standard Zip Code feature brings in up-to-date City, State, County automatically and can be used in place of Census Tracking.

The Census Tracking data in ETO is no longer updated in ETO. The census blocks in ETO reflect data from 2006. This feature can still be used to report on an organizations custom Neighborhoods in conjunction with Manage Neighborhoods. But, be aware that Social Solutions is no longer updating the Census Block / Tracking numbers.

Additionally, Touchpoints have a new GIS feature which may be attractive to those interested in neighborhood informaron.


Setting Up Census Tract

  1. Enable the Standard demographics Address 1, Zip Code, Census Tract, Census Block, and Neighborhood

2. Site Administration > Manage Neighborhoods > Add New Neighborhood

Default User Role: Site Administrator

On this page, the Site Administrator may add Neighborhoods, and define which census tract numbers are within each Neighborhood. Many funders are interested in seeing data related to neighborhoods. Organizations may be provided information from funders regarding which census tracts are within neighborhoods of interest.

Social Solutions does not have information regarding which census tracts are associated with specific neighborhoods.

Census Track, Block, and Neighborhoods are read only Standard Demographics populated by the Address and Zip Code information submitted for Participants. Neighborhood will only populate if the Site Administrator configured Neighborhoods with this feature.

These demographics are set to be disabled by default. However, if a valid address and Zip Code is entered on a participant that matches a census record, they will be appropriately assigned to the census block. The Site Administrator can re-enable these fields on the Manage Demographics page if the data needs to be visible in the UI. Otherwise the data will always be visible in ETO Results.

3. Search by zip code, or state and census tract numbers.

4. Select the numbers you want to associate with the neighborhood.

5. If a number is accidentally assigned to a neighborhood, it can be deleted.

6. Go to the Add New Participant, View/Edit Participant, or Find Participant page to view Neighborhood data.

You must enter a valid, full address to populate the census data. If the address does not exist from the 2006 Census data, the tract/block information may not populate.

If a neighborhood has not been added for the participants ZipCode/Census Data then a Census Tract # and Block will not populate in the demographic fields in the UI. The Census Tract and Block information will be available in ETO Results so long as the Address and ZipCode are valid, even if a neighborhood is not populated in the UI.

This data is query-able within the Query Wizard as well, using Participant Information (Census Tract, Census Block) and Neighborhood (Neighborhood) focus areas found within the Participant Subject.

TIP - Grammatically correct abbreviations must be used when entering Address data for Census and Neighborhood information to populate.

Census Data and Address History

Census Data is often used in conjunction with Address History. This allows you to report on the historial locations/addresses of clients served. Their census data will be populated for current and historic addresses.

Reporting on Census Data

Standard Participant Universe contains Demographic Name and Demographic Object Values. These fields can be sued to report on Census Tract, Census Bloc, and Neighborhood along with other demographic fields.

Demographic data can be flattened in a custom universe to see the Census Data flattened.

Standard Participant Universe also contains a folder called "Address History" with flattened Address History objects. These objects will only populate data is you are using the address history function.

This data is query-able within the Query Wizard as well, using Participant Information (Census Tract, Census Block) and Neighborhood (Neighborhood) focus areas found within the Participant Subject.

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