Introducing the New Communities Count website

Communities Count is a resource that supports King County communities in the use of data in promoting and achieving equity. In data reports on population and community indicators, Communities Count emphasizes prevention and a long-term view of change while using data to understand how to advance equity work to sustain healthy communities and families. The team also provides data support and data trainings for community based organizations in King County on finding, interpreting and using population health data. Learn more at

Reposted from the Communities Count Blog

Communities Count is proud to announce the launch of its new website! With our community data users and seekers in mind, we have redesigned our website to provide a more user-friendly platform.

Over the past year we worked with our partners to learn how the Communities Count website could become a better resource for King County communities. With the help of students from the University of Washington’s Information School and Human Centered Design and Engineering Program, we applied principles of user-centered design – engaging stakeholders in interviews, user testing sessions, and prototyping — to build a more accessible website.

User testing sessions helped us gather actionable feedback
User testing sessions helped us gather actionable feedback

What’s new?

Our new website includes improved search functionality, streamlined navigation, highlights of updated and relevant content, redesigned indicator pages, and new graphics and icons.

  • In response to feedback from Communities Count partners and grantees from the Best Starts for Kids Initiative, the Data Support section includes revamped Data Resources and Data Toolbox pages.
  • Our blog has a new format, plus enhanced capacities to search all blog posts and to filter searches by content category and year. Stay tuned this summer for our series of equity-focused blogs that examine the root causes of longstanding disparities in King County.
  • We also have an archive section where visitors can access reports from past years, as well as the previous version of the website on the Internet Archive.  (Note: due to API limitations, Tableau visualizations do not load on the Internet Archive.)

We want to thank the many partners, staff, and especially our students Navi Midathada (who also made our icon graphics) and Melody Yu for their engagement, knowledge and contributions during the redesign process.

Stay tuned as we release new content and features on the website. We welcome comments on our new website and would love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to us at with your thoughts and/or questions.

Originally published on Communities Count June 27, 2019

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