We believe data is integral to doing more for the people and places of Hawaii. Data can provide a bird’s eye view of communities, uncovering hidden patterns and trends that may be hard to spot on the ground. Data can identify areas where people struggle and those where they thrive, training our focus on areas of need and spotlighting models for effecting change. Most importantly, data can guide our decision-making—helping us understand the consequences of our actions today, and the possibilities of our choices in the future.
We promote a culture of data-informed decision making in Hawaii, by making data more accessible, relevant, and meaningful. We seek to ensure that leaders and decision makers, at all levels and across all sectors, use data to know more so that they can do better—for their employees, constituents, and communities.
We work to curate, simplify, and centralize publicly-available data on a range of well-being domains, and provide tools to visualize these data. Additionally, we support partners to take “deeper dives” on topics of critical importance to their work, informing conversations and decisions that are rooted in sound data and high-quality analysis.
Hawaii is hailed as a model of well-being, yet statewide averages mask significant differences in well-being at the community level. We might observe these differences anecdotally, but they deserve more rigorous, systematic exploration to better understand not only where these discrepancies exist and for whom, but also why they persist.
Our Framework of Well-Being
How can we begin understanding a concept as complex and multi-faceted as well-being? What are some of the critical pre-conditions that allow people to flourish? And how does Hawaii fare, on both state and local levels, in ensuring these pre-conditions are met?
Our framework of well-being helps ground an understanding of this concept into 10 key domains. These domains, in turn, provide scaffolding for both exploring existing data on well-being measures and identifying data gaps to be addressed.
Our Visualization Tools
Our Indicators Dashboard can help you begin exploring specific measures of the 10 well-being domains. Curious to learn how median household varies across geographic regions statewide? Want to know which communities in Hawaii experience the greatest degree of rent burden? Our dashboard is a great place to start.
What’s the relationship between various well-being indicators? For example, what correlation—if any—exists between high school graduation rates and voter turnout? And how might this relationship vary from island to island, or region to region? Explore the answers to these and similar questions using our Data Plotter.
Interested in looking more closely at multiple measures of well-being for a specific geographic community? Wondering how performance on those indicators compares to the state average? Our Community Explorer allows for just this sort of multi-measure inquiry.
Sometimes, less is more. Our Build Your Own Index tool allows you to condense multiple well-being indicators into a single index score, providing a simple and powerful measure for understanding how various well-being conditions and outcomes can vary across communities.
Wondering how Hawaii compares to other states on various measures of well-being? Want to see how Hawaii’s ranking on health, safety, or education indicators has changed in recent years? The State of the State tool can help you answer these questions.
For those who want to take a deeper dive, we are sponsoring open access to Hawaii.PolicyMap - a data platform with the flexibility for meeting more specific analysis and visualization needs.