Data in action

Data and analytics can have a real impact on people's lives. Learn how we have used data to improve services and reporting for San Franciscans. Our case studies include work by DataSF, City departments, and developers.

“Data dashboard” by Photo by Stephen Dawson

Featured cases

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Keeping Moms and Babies in Nutrition Program

Proper nutrition is essential for pregnant moms and babies. And yet moms and babies have been dropping out of San Francisco’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. With data insights, WIC was able to reshape their outreach and program messaging to increase enrollment. Read the case study.

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Preserving Art for the Future

The Arts Commission works to preserve the City’s Civic Art Collection for San Francisco residents and visitors. Using a new cost formula tool, the Arts Commission was able to plan for and focus on preservation work. Read the case study.

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Appraiser Workload Report

The Assessor’s Office has over 20,000 active construction projects they need to prioritize and assign. With user-centered design and quality control tools, we were able to help them streamline their workflow. Read the case study.

Energy Performance Report

Energy Performance Report

SF Environment works with building owners to report energy usage to the public. Using PowerBI, SF Environment improved their reporting with an interactive, up-to-date dashboard. The new system is scalable and can meet ongoing analytic requests. Read the case study.

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Maping bathrooms and water fountains

DataSF worked with the Public Utilities Commission among other departments to create a dataset and map containing all public bathrooms and water fountains across the city. Read about this project.

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Property Information Map

The Planning Department's Property Information Map (PIM) provides a single access point for property data, zoning, and permitting information. See the Property Information Map.


We seek to transform the way the City works through the use of data. These case studies show a sample of what's possible with data.