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Mattapan Data and Resources

Select a title below to view available resources and data reports from Mattapan United and other agencies.
From Mattapan United
By design, the MU Steering Committee members distributed the questionnaire through their community network ties, using this needs assessment as a way of not only learning from those who live and work in Mattapan, but also of building momentum and increasing engagement among additional community members for its neighborhood change initiative. The questionnaire solicited 691 responses.
Miss the Mattapan United Visioning Meeting?  This document will keep you up to date.  The event was attended by over 50 people who engaged in community visioning and planning for Mattapan.  Categories that emerged include: Arts and Culture, Safety/Peaceful Community, Seniors, Transportation, Housing, Businesses, Jobs/Workforce Development, Community Image, and Schools.  See how this event was covered in the press here.
Compiled by the Mattapan Lead Organizer, Karleen Porcena, this powerpoint summarizes Mattapan United with an overview of the model, leadership, activities, outcomes, and future plans.
Do our perceptions of neighborhoods make sense?  This power-power point compiled by Tim Davis of the Center for Social Policy at UMass-Boston presents some of the strengths and weaknesses of Mattapan from a statistical stand-point.  For example, looking at the data, Health and Transportation remain challenges for Mattapan but Income and Educational Attainment as well as Neighborhood Stability can be considered strengths.
An analysis of 88 one-on-one community interviews with residents and stakeholders of Mattapan.The interviews were intended as the beginning of a series of conversations over several years, not as a survey or opinion poll that is finished once it’s done.

The partner agencies then analyzed the interview results, which consisted of the interviewers’ notes of key comments that were then recorded in a database capturing all key comments from all the interviews.  The participants used a “Participatory Action Research Method” to analyze the data.  This method engaged the interviewers and others in a series of three-hour working sessions to analyze and make sense of what the community members were saying in the interviews.  The analysis was facilitated by a professor form the UMass Boston John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, who authorized a report summarizing the process and the analysis of the interview data.

A comprehensive collection of available data including information about arts, culture, social institutions, demographics, economy and jobs, education, environment and environmental justice, health and safety, housing, transportation, social and civic support and assets. 
Other Reports
Published in 2006, the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) is a strategic initiative designed to establish an overall vision, an “action agenda,” and an initial implementation plan for the revitalization of Mattapan's commercial districts and surrounding neighborhoods.