Our Impact

An important component of the Watts Rising Collaborative is the Data Working Group. The Data Working Group is responsible for tracking the inputs and outcomes of the 24 Watts Rising projects, in order to determine how the community has participated in the projects and whether the intended impact is achieved.

The Data Working

The working group is convened by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (MOEO). Additionally, HACLA participates on the working group as well as UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the data collection and analysis entity contracted by the CA Strategic Growth Council (SGC). Aside from these lead partners, the working group receives critical support and input from project partners, the Watts Rising Community Advisory Group, and residents.

Our Impact

Data Collection and Indicators

The Data Working Group collects the data identified in the CA Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) Final Indicator Tracking Plans and be compiled in accordance with the SGC’s Transformative Climate Communities Evaluation Plan.

Jobs/Section 3

Watts Rising has a strong commitment towards creating jobs for members of the Watts community while being inclusive of Section 3.

Charles Drew University, Watts Community Studio & Young Ethnographers​

In addition to participating in the Data Working Group, Charles Drew University utilizes a cohort of students to conduct a community survey to gain knowledge of qualitative data such as community perceptions and lifestyle changes that may be more difficult to track in other ways.

Air Quality Monitoring Network​

The Watts Rising Air Quality Monitoring Network is a network of 13 air sensors located throughout the Watts Rising project area. This network was developed to complement the Watts Rising project with air quality insights and came about in response to the community residents’ desire for more neighborhood-level data.