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In addition to the primary data that the SEIGMA Research Team has been collecting since the start of our project, we have also been collecting an enormous amount of publicly available secondary data. These data give us a broader contextual picture of what the state of Massachusetts looks like before and during the introduction of new gambling venues. As a research team, we use these data to triangulate and add insight into our findings from primary data that we have collected through a series of surveys. As these secondary data may be of interest to a broader audience, we have created a series of interactive web applications. These apps will allow you to take a look at and interact with information on demographics, social variables, and economic variables state-wide.
The top left of this page contains links to the individual applications which allows the user to investigate demographic, social, and economic variables in greater depth. Data can be viewed as tables, plots, and maps. You can also look at a particular community and compare communities to one another as well as to the state of Massachusetts and the US.
However, with individual applications, there are difficulties simultaneously comparing data sets. SEIGMA is excited to introduce MASS-AT-A-GLANCE, a user-friendly platform which makes all the data contained in each of these individual applications easily accessible. The MASS-AT-A-GLANCE dashboard application provides users with an interactive way of exploring Massachusetts data on selected demographic, social, and economic variables. It allows the user to simultaneously compare data sets through graphic representations in time and space. MASS-AT-A-GLANCE currently contains data on demographics (age, race, gender, ethnicity, population), social variables (marital status, educational attainment, veterans status, suicide rates, English language learners, students with disabilities), and economic variables (household income, poverty rates, employment, unemployment, bankruptcy, rent, building permits). Users can explore state-wide data or opt to focus on data in a specific municipality. The application is accessible through any web browser and a presentation which describes how to use the MASS-AT-A-GLANCE application is available here.
All of these apps were created using Shiny, a platform available through RStudio.