We've gathered data on some of the most
important topics facing Americans today.
Read our insights—or explore the data yourself.
Memorial Day and America's Veterans
Explore data on those who have served in America's Armed Forces, from the American Community Survey and the Department of Defense.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) gather statistics on hate crimes from local law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This article explores the UCR data on hate crimes for the six most recent years available.
State Taxes and Spending
Taxes and spending aren't just a matter of how red or blue a state is. Other factors, like population density and the economic prevalence of oil and gas, explain patterns in the data as well.
Refugees in America: Their Origins and Destinations
The number of refugees worldwide stands at historic highs. This story explores the most recent available data from the Office of Refugee Settlement, covering the fiscal years 2012 through 2015.
Shifting States of America
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show how state populations shifted between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. This story takes a closer look at the data.
The VLOOKUP function is one of the most useful tools in Excel's arsenal. Here's how to wield it.
LiveStories now includes a vast library of civic data, along with team collaboration features.
Learn how the San Luis Obispo County Health Department is using LiveStories to help their community.
Learn how the West Marin Health and Human Services Center created a story that automatically updates each day with new data from Google Forms—without anyone even opening a spreadsheet program.
LiveStories is excited to introduce a new series of stories called Five Facts. These articles take a close look at the data behind some of the most important issues facing Americans today.
Posting statistics, charts, or infographics on social media is a lot trickier than posting cat videos. Here are six tips to help your data get the attention it deserves.
Unfortunately, some data visualizations just don’t work. Here are five examples of classic data visualization fails.
In this final excerpt from our e-book—Happy Citizens: Measuring Performance in the Public Sector—we explore how governments can use Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to target and contextualize their initiatives and programs.
Open data can be uploaded in a variety of formats. This post discusses the main ones.
Feeling safe, and feeling loved, are the second and third most fundamental requirements for happiness, according to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
Physiological needs relate to the necessity of food, water, and shelter for survival. In a modern society, this concept translates to money.
Open data is free to the public, easily accessible, and usable as an input for programs and other functions.
In many ways, government policies are responsible for the happiness of the public. How, then, can happiness function as a metric for success?