Recently, we had the privilege of working with Habitat for Humanity International and their partners to create a new data portal for the Global Housing Indicators (GHI) Survey. Working with the great folks on Habitat’s Programs team, we developed the new site using the Drupal open-source platform. GlobalHousingIndicators.org provides a series of tools and interaction points for site visitors including a Custom Report Builder; plus systems to help Habitat staff manage GHI data and update site content.
What is GHI? The Global Housing Indicators (GHI) collect reliable, objective, comparable information on the policy environment for adequate and affordable housing. An extensive assessment tool, the GHI includes information on the policies and practices under which housing in a country is (or is not) owned, rented, financed, subsidized, serviced, regulated, planned and built.
Custom Report Builder. The Custom Report Builder allows site visitors to create their own custom reports from the GHI data in a few clicks via a simple menu. After creating the report and selecting city/country or topic (and related sub-topic), users can download the report data in Excel format. In addition, the site offers users the ability to explore the GHI assessment results from 17 Locations throughout the world or 5 major Policy Topic Areas such as Infrastructure, Regulations, Housing Subsidies, Housing Finance, and Property Rights.
Location & Policy Page Features. On each Location page, visitors can access specific information about the assessment results in the five Policy Topic Areas, download a relevant Fact Sheet or Full Assessment in Excel format. This page also overs a tabbed display of the questions and scores for each Location. To expand the reach and visibility of specific research papers and publications, we established a presence for GHI on scribd.com – a unique digital document library for research and other publications.
The site was unveiled at the Forum on Adequate Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean on Sept. 25, 2012 in Bogota, Colombia, with participation from Habitat for Humanity International, UN-Habitat, the Inter-Development Bank, Habitat International Coalition, TECHO, Habitat for Humanity Colombia, Habitat for Humanity Chile, local consultants and others.