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“Unlock the power of vast amounts of data related to the food economy in local communities. Assist policy development; Create food value chains; and Improve critical decision making affecting the lives of thousands.”

Dr. Audrey Murrell Chairperson, Food21

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CONCEPT 

FOOD21 INSIGHTS is an online information service that combines, analyzes, and displays food economy data in unique ways that enable better decision making regarding all aspects of the local and regional food economy.

 

FOOD21 INSIGHTS pulls the curtain back to reveal the answers to questions that impact policies, allocations of resources, and decisions that affect the quality of life of thousands. 

 

SERVICES

You can't make good decisions using bad data. 

The Insights Center provides an array of services that turn data into insights that can be used to improve the local food economy. Customized and standardized data solutions provide clients with a wide variety of options to help tackle their toughest challenges.

Stakeholder Assessment

One of the strengths of the Insights Center is its ability to customize data analysis approaches to match the needs of the customer seeking support. This custom capability is based on a tool kit established over several years of work meeting the needs of mission driven organizations. The Insights Center also provides standard analysis services based on models that are currently being used in other communiites.

CUSTOM ANALYSIS

Food21's Insights Center provides a step-by-step process to analyze ways in which data can be used to solve problems, meet reporting requirements, and enhance decision making.

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Successful strategic planning is tied to an organization's ability to access, analyze, and rely on information related to its operations. The food economy operates on vast amounts and type of information. The Insights Center turns mounds of data into useable insights that are essential to stratgeic planning.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Reliable information is the core of strategic planning. It informs every aspect of the planning process. The Insights Center ensures that you have access to the information you need.

 

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The Insights Center plays a critical role in the  feasibility planning process. For existing projects that role consists of projecting the likelihood of success for each of the critical metrics associated with the project. Data is analyzed to determine consumer demand, economic viability, competitive realities, and stakeholder priorities.

FEASIBILITY PLANNING

Feasibility planning relies on solid, reliable information. The Insights Center provides game plans fro feasibility planning based on the key data driving your organization.

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Food21s Food Abundance Index is a verified process for assessing your community’s quality food access viability. It serves as a basis for improvement.

 

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The Insights Center can administer a complete analysis of your community using the Food Abundance Index methodology and tools. This process has proven to be effective in Allegheny County and other communities concerned about the food-related variables that are critical to the quality of life. 

FOOD ABUNDANCE INDEX

Access to analytics of economic data enables economic modeling on county level, a broad overview of food economy, regionally and the ability to target economic factors that most affect the local food economy. Food21 partners, customers, and consumers are able to use this analysis and data to research markets and conditions in their community.

ECONOMIC MODELING

The local food economy by definition, relies on numbers to report on its health and viability. Economic modeling services provide ways to report, project, and interpret key economic variables.

 

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Data sources for this space are scattered. Analysis is fractured across disciplines. Data tends to be stale. Data analysis lags behind market realities. Insights is targeted to both continue to enhance regional food economy analytics, and solve the existing data and analytics problems. 

DATA INTEGRATION REPORTING

Data often lives in silos. The ability to integrate data sources empowers the data analysis capabilities of any organization. The Insights Center customizes the integration of multiple data sets.

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VALUE CHAIN SUPPORT

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The Insights Center is operated by experienced individuals whose careers combine technological, university research, problem solving, and data analysis expertise. This unique combination of skills is laser-focused on using data to create insights that assist in all types of problem solving and decision making situations.

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GERALD DRIGGS

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DR. AUDREY MURELL

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JOE BUTE

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