New and Notable Data projects
A rolling showcase of data projects from Washington state agencies and their partners, including projects from Data.wa.gov, Fiscal.wa.gov, Geo.wa.gov and agency websites.
Washington COVID-19 Cases & Deaths
The Washington Department of Health issues daily updates on the number of confirmed Washington State COVID-19 cases and deaths, with detailed breakdowns by county and by demographics including race/ethnicity, sex and age. DOH's Novel Coronavirus Outbreak webpage includes links to COVID-19 dashboards, downloadable spreadsheets, and recent reports on cases associated with long-term care, as well as cases by occupation and industry. Along with the data, DOH provides essential information about the virus, guidance on prevention and risk management, and other answers to frequently asked questions.
Other COVID-19 Data
The COVID-19 outbreak has significantly affected most aspects of Washington daily life and government. State data tracks impacts on employment and air quality, as well as relief funding and services such as publicly available internet.
Law Enforcement Oversight
Since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the U.S. has experienced widespread public discussion and protests about racial injustice and law enforcement conduct. Among other things, this has renewed attention on law enforcement oversight data. Many scholars and other experts recommend law enforcement agencies and their oversight bodies practice transparency about such issues as misconduct complaints and resolutions, use-of-force incidents, and agency training and hiring patterns. At the state level, the Washington State Patrol’s Office of Professional Standards publishes an Annual Report that summarizes data about these and other matters, including pursuits, allegations of bias and performance improvement measures.
The Stanford Open Policing Project gathers and cleans law enforcement agency data on traffic stops, and tracks various details including drivers' race, sex and age. Project data includes more than 11 million stops by Washington State Patrol since 2008.
The Office of the Attorney General Consumer Complaints data includes a handful of law enforcement misconduct allegations. These are re-directed to the appropriate oversight bodies for the agencies in question.
Updated High School Graduate Outcomes
Washington's Education Research & Data Center has updated its data on outcomes for Washington state high school graduates. These datasets track earnings and college enrollment for high school graduates throughout the state since 2005, and include breakdowns by gender, race/ethnicity, grade point average and other categories.
More Accessible Data
The Department of Licensing recently updated the colors it uses in data publishing, to be more easily perceived by people with color blindness. See the new color palettes in Electric Vehicle Population Counts and Electric Vehicles by Model charts.
Interested in more accessibility-related data? Check out this dataset of accessible features at Washington State Parks.