Kyla Williams Co-Presents Today at Philanthropy Ohio’s Annual Conference

Today, Leon Wilson, CIO of the Cleveland Foundation, and I will co-present at the Philanthropy Ohio’s annual conference with a theme this year of “Philanthropy Forward” and a concentrated discussion on Digital Civic Engagement & Community-Centered Design. Philanthropy Forward ’17 is set to inform practices, strategies and goals and connect peers in the field of philanthropy. The conference will also focus on the future of philanthropy with insight into the current state of the sector – fueled by recent research – addressing transitions, change and the leadership pipeline. With several networking and roundtable discussions, attendees will discover how to shift failures to successes, effectively fund advocacy and civic engagement and hear from  exceptional leaders across the state and country.

Leon and I also presented in April 2017 at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference “Leading Together” as part of a panel discussion with: Aaron Deacon, Managing Director, Kansas City Digital Drive; Elizabeth Reynoso, Assistant Director of Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities; and Lilly Weinberg, Program Director/Community Foundations, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation on “Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design”. After finishing that presentation we decided more collaborative sharing between cities was necessary and lead to this opportunity at Philanthropy Ohio.

Community building in the digital era requires providing a space for the public sector and local communities to interact. Building solutions with peoplenot just for them – by using community-centered design can have profound social impact. This has been central to Smart Chicago’s work and has lead to the building of processes, products, services, and other lightweight tech solutions that have been helpful.

Our presentation today has the learning objectives:

  • To introduce different models developed in communities to address civic engagement digitally
  • To encourage the consideration of embedding support for digital civic engagement into existing grantmaking & advancement efforts

You can follow the happenings of the conference on Twitter @PhilanthropyOH and @SmartChgoKyla or by using the hashtag #PhilFWD17.


Good News!!! The Smart Chicago team is moving and now will be co-located with the City Digital Team at UI Labs. As such, our individual emails will be changing to:

Kyla Williams 

Sonja Marziano

Denise Linn     

Leslie Durr       

Our new mailing address is 1415 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 and general phone number is 312.281.6900.

Please check our website at or follow us on twitter @smartchicago for more updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

A Twitter-Based Review Crime & Punishment in Chicago


This is the raw content for a set of tweets we published today about our Crime & Punishment in Chicago project.

Our April 2014 Crime & Punishment in Chicago project is an index of criminal justice data:

Crime and Punishment in Chicago

We partnered with @CJPJustProj and Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew from @freegeekchicago. The code is on Github, but the research is what matters.

This was a classic ecosystem project— we provided revenue, tech, and training for important journalists, researchers, and developers.

The intrepid @CivicWhitaker served as project manager for Crime & Punishment in Chicago:

We tracked data sources into 8 stages, from commission of a crime all the way to prison. We aggregate sources & discuss collection of data.

Then we categorize the data as “Open”, “FOIA”, or inaccessible. We cover status in Chicago, and highlight the best practice nationally.


Victimization: victimization.html. Many crimes go unreported. @TheJusticeDept made the NCVS to estimate the #s:

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Victimization

Calls for service: The @ChicagoOEMC1 publishes no bulk data about calls for service.

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Calls For Service

The @CJPJustProj has Chicago calls for service data from 2008-2012:

Chicago Justice Project calls For Service Data

The @DallasPD releases comprehensive call for service data: Includes units responding, link to map, and status

Dallas Police Calls For Service
Incidents: The @Chicago_Police crime incident data is exemplary cc/ @chicagocdo @CityChicagoCIO

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Incidents

Arrests: No info about arrestees is published in Chicago.

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Arrest

Henrico County @henriconews makes arrest data available online:

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Henrico County, VA

Prosecute: State’s Attorney publishes no data online and we do not know what data they collect.

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: State's Attorney's Office

The State’s Attorney’s Office has been ruled to be exempt from FOIA cc/ @KimFoxxforSA @DonnaMore + @SAAnitaAlvarez:

Jail: Info on the 8,900 inmates in Cook County Jail cc/ @TomDart

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Jail

Cook County Inmate Locator ( Some of this data is used by the 26th and California Project (

Raw Cook County Jail API via Supreme Chi-Town Coding Crew: Huge, important work.

Courts: The @CJPJustProj obtained 5 years of conviction data:

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Courts

This @CJPJustProj data was used in our Convicted in Cook project:, again on concert with @freegeekchicago

Convicted in Cook

Prison: The IL Dep. of Corrections provides inmate search:

Crime & Punishment in Chicago: Prison

No bulk prison data is available in Illinois.

Oregon publishes prison data here: Includes forecasts & census of prison populations and admissions.

More work needed

If you are inspired by this project, or have any updates, please contact us.