Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to different tools and resources in the MARRI website. Today we introduce you to a tool that permits you to pick out the charts you want to see at the national or state level (your own state for instance) on a number of outcomes such as poverty and welfare.
These graphs chart the changes in the American family from 1940, just before entry into World War II, to 2013. This is a charting of the change in American culture over time, from one of significant belonging within the family to a culture of significant levels of rejection within the family.
You can analyze these trends by
• The nation or by any particular state;
• By total population or broken down by ethnic group;
• By male or female or both combined;
• By adult or children or both combined;
• By outcome: family structure; education (but this not for children), poverty and welfare.
There are a total of 500 charts in the tool. All the data is from the Office of the Census, drawing on decennial census data and annual survey data.
To pull up the charts that are of interest, you click on the appropriate tabs on the dashboard. When you click on a button it will turn either blue or gold. Gold indicates the variable you are picking. Blue indicates a tab is turned off. Gold is on; blue is off. Thus if I wanted education outcomes for all adult males (only) in the state of Utah, the tabs for Utah, adults, males and education would be in gold, everything else would be in blue.
By playing around with the dashboard and you will quickly see how it works. It may take a second or two to function as the tool is “in the cloud” not in your computer.
Occasionally you will find blanks where we do not have data for a cluster of variables, e.g. on education attained for children.
Enjoy the tool, and spread the word, particularly to students!