About the Data

Where do we get our data?

The Equinox Project partners with environmental groups, government agencies and the business community throughout San Diego, California and the U.S. These organizations provide relevant data and other information which is analyzed by Equinox to determine trends occurring in the region. Equinox creates interactive charts and graphs, adds context and develops policy ideas to provide examples of where things are working in our region and ideas for how things can improve. Equinox is proud to have a long-standing track record of providing unbiased, apolitical information which gives a comprehensive snapshot of the region’s quality of life.

How do we track indicator performance?

The Equinox Project tracks yearly trends in each of our fifteen indicator areas by determining a primary dataset for each indicator, which can be found in the "What are we measuring?" portion of each page. Using the primary dataset we calculate if the indicator has improved or worsened from the previous data year.

As many of us know, data can lag far behind and although we strive to collect the most up-to-date information, many times this means the most current data is two or even three year’s old. Therefore, we calculate trends from the previous data year, meaning the most recent year from which we have data.

Year over year performance can fluctuate so we highly recommend taking the time to look at the long-term trends described in the "How are we doing?" sections and visualized in the graphs and charts when applicable. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us.

Performance Icons

  • The primary dataset shows an improvement of more than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. We are trending in the right direction.
  • The primary dataset shows an improvement of less than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. There is a slight trend in the right direction.
  • The primary dataset shows no change from the previous data year to the current data year.
  • The primary dataset shows a worsening of less than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. There is a slight trend in the wrong direction.
  • The primary dataset shows a worsening of more than 1 percent from the previous data year to the current data year. We are trending in the wrong direction.

How often is data updated?

The Equinox Project updates the data as often as quarterly. However, the majority of datasets are updated on a yearly basis due to the availability of the data from our partners. The yearly performance icons are updated once a year in April.

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