Following the passage of Int.-1572B in 2021, which requires a racial impact study to be conducted prior to most rezonings in New York City, the Equitable Development Data Explorer (EDDE) was created to support the advancement of the City’s fair housing and equitable development.  The EDDE analyzes the demographic, social, economic, and housing conditions of every community in NYC. 

    Why This Matters

    Accessible data is useful in helping to push elected officials to advance equity by improving our communities outside of land use changes. Additionally, the information from the Equitable Development Data Explorer allows advocates and community members to proactively address the needs of neighborhoods by responding to land use or planning proposals, as well as determining whether or not new development projects will meet community needs. Read more in our January 2023 blog, ANHD’s Equitable Development Data Explorer Training Modules.

    What We're Doing

    ANHD is fighting to create fair and affordable housing throughout New York City that prioritizes those most in need and least served. Our trainings will help communities learn how to use these new resources to understand existing needs of their neighborhood and see how they compare to other parts of the city. Is your neighborhood being served as well as other neighborhoods? Are you lacking the resources you need?

    Module Overview - Click here to access the full module playlist. 
    Module 1: Introduction and Background on the EDDE and Why It Matters
    Module 2: EDDE Basics 
    Module 3: My District 
    Module 4: Finding Data for My Community District – Community Data View
    Module 5: Understanding Displacement in Your Neighborhood – Displacement Risk Index and Map (DRI/DRM
    Module 6: Understanding the Data as a Community with Our Guiding Questions
    Module 7: Data Analysis
    A text-only guide for the modules is available here.

    In these video modules, we use the case study of Jackson Heights, a neighborhood in northern Queens to walk through the Equitable Development Data Explorer’s (EDDE) Community Data view and Displacement Risk Map (DRM).

    We also use a set of guiding questions to work with the EDDE and provide an example of how to learn about your community with the data tools available. Our guiding questions that you will see us answering for Jackson Heights in the modules are:

    • Which of my neighbors are most at risk of being pushed out of our neighborhood?

    • What is the financial situation for the majority of my neighbors (not the average)?

    • What are some assets and resources in the neighborhood that most of my neighbors have access to?


    Module 1: Introduction and Background on the EDDE and Why It Matters

    Welcome to ANHD’s training modules on the Equitable Development Data Explorer (EDDE)! The EDDE was developed by the Departments of City Planning and Housing Preservation & Development, but came out of the work of the Racial Impact Study Coalition (RISC) to demand racial equity and the furthering of fair housing in land use actions. Module 1 provides an overview of the reasons why advocates pushed for the creation of the EDDE, the city law that was passed to require its creation, and what makes the EDDE and its other tools helpful in addressing urgent local housing and displacement issues.

    Module One Text Companion

    Module 2: EDDE Basics

    In Module 2, you’ll learn about the design of the EDDE website, how to maneuver the map views, and how to learn more about how the Departments of City Planning and Housing Preservation & Development decided on what data to include in the tool. This will help you get comfortable with the initial website before diving into research about your community.

    Module Two Text Companion

    Activity Description:

    In this activity, we ask you to practice clicking around and using the EDDE and to think about what you understand, what looks interesting, and what comments you have about the tool as it is. We also encourage you to email any comments you have on positive aspects or concerns about the tool to the team developing the EDDE by emailing them at EDDE@planning.nyc.gov

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    Module 3: My District

    Module 3 provides you with steps for identifying your community district within the EDDE and introduces you to how the website represents information about your district once you’ve found it. We practice with the case of Jackson Heights in this video, but we encourage you to practice with your own community district or a district that you work in to bring this a little closer to home!

    Module Three Text Companion


    In this activity, we ask you to try finding your district on the Community Data view map! Keep note of any challenges you had in trying to identify it and also any new information you may have learned about your district while looking for it. If you have any comments or questions about finding your district on the tool, email them to EDDE@planning.nyc.gov

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    Module 4: Finding Data for My Community District – Community Data View

    In Module 4, we take a deep dive into the data that is available from the tables in the Community Data view once you select your community district (or borough, if you’re looking at that level). Continuing with our case of Jackson Heights, we try to look through the data available to answer some of our guiding questions as a model for how you can think of the story of your community that is told by the data in the EDDE.

    Module Four Text Companion

    For this activity, we want you to try answering a couple questions for your community district using the data that is available in the Community Data view’s data tables. Was it easy to answer these questions? Did you find the way the data was presented clear and detailed enough to answer them? Feel free to go further than this activity and look for data that answers other questions you’ve had about your district too!

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    Module 5: Understanding Displacement in Your Neighborhood – Displacement Risk Index and Map (DRI/DRM)

    In Module 5, we zoom into the neighborhood level to understand the risk that households face of being displaced because of population, housing, and market trends (with race strongly considered as a component across these factors). We provide a guide for moving through the EDDE’s Displacement Risk Map (DRM) as well as explain the Displacement Risk Index (DRI) that it is built from.

    Module Five Text Companion

    For this activity, we are asking you to switch over to the Displacement Risk Map and compare two neighborhoods that have the same displacement risk level. Do they have similar population vulnerability, housing conditions, and/or market pressures? If not, look at the specific data and think about why that may be. Remember: while those three factors are used to calculate the displacement risk, the index used for the map considers population vulnerability and race heavily in determining the overall neighborhood displacement risk levels.


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    Module 6: Understanding the Data as a Community with Our Guiding Questions

    Module 6 takes some of the major findings that we had about our case of Jackson Heights and compiles them to help answer our guiding questions from the perspective of a community member or organizer trying to explain the situation of housing and quality of life in the area. This is not the perfect or “right” way of looking at the data, but one way of many that you can use to think about using the data to answer difficult questions about your neighborhood, district, or borough.


    Module Six Text Companion

    In this final activity, we ask you to take some time to explore the EDDE further and come up with some questions that you would want to answer to paint a complete portrait of your community. As you use the tool (both the Community Data and Displacement Risk Map views), think about what you can find and what is missing in your attempt to answer some of your questions. If you think there is data missing that would be really important for you to see through the EDDE, we encourage you to email the EDDE development team at EDDE@planning.nyc.gov to make sure they know what you need and can improve the EDDE to meet your and your community’s needs.

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    Module 7: Data Analysis

    In Module 7, we provide a quick step-by-step guide of how to download and look at the data that is available from the EDDE and DRM. If you are someone excited about doing quantitative data analysis, this gives you the option to dive a little deeper and start to do some comparative analysis between different community districts or different geographic levels in the City.

    Module Seven Text Companion

    Note: There is no activity for Module 7.

    ANHD is grateful to all who contributed to the creation of the Equitable Development Data Explorer and Displacement Risk Map, especially the Racial Impact Study Coalition and Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams. ANHD also thanks Alex Fennell, former ANHD Senior Political Organizer, and Abdul-Razak Zachariah, 2022-2023 ANHD Land Use Justice Intern for helping establish these initial training modules for land use justice advocates across New York City.