Plenary: Eviction Data in Advocacy
Evictions have long been an under-analyzed aspect of America’s deepening housing crisis. As the issue has attracted greater warranted attention in recent years, academics and advocates in several corners of the U.S. have taken steps to gather and analyze eviction data, and find creative ways to use that research in advocating for persons and communities most heavily affected by evictions. This plenary will highlight two specific eviction data mapping and analysis projects, in New Orleans and Seattle, and will explore the different advocacy strategies informed by findings and conclusions from the data. The plenary brings social scientists and advocates together to explore possibilities for collaboration around eviction records research and advocacy in every community. The session will also feature extensive maps and charts, and will touch on access to data and associated challenges related to data collection, data mapping, methodologies of analysis, and ways that data have been used to shape advocacy efforts.