Using the Site
Using the Site
This section is provided to help you make the most of the ET Index website.
1. A Guide to the ET Index Website
The East Tennessee Index website is rich with information with indicators provided in both text and graphic format. Detailed information, trends, and maps are also available. Some users will want quick reference information, while others will want more detail. Spending a few minutes reviewing this section may aid your work and help make the ET Index website a more satisfying experience.
Organization of the Site
Information on this site can be accessed from the topic tabs that extend across the entire page just below the main image. Helpful links are listed below the search bar on the right-hand side of the website. Tabs for Dashboards and Report Cards appear on the right, above the last topics. Indicator Dashboards provide quick access to information that is the most timely and relevant to important issues impacting your community, and Report Cards compile indicators of special interest to organizations in our community.
To view a list of all the indicators, click the tab above the search bar.
The links at the top of the page contain overview information relating to ET Index, including:
|About Us||Information on the goals of ET Index and the organizations that participated in developing it|
|Using the Site||Current section|
|Resources||Information about and links to other valuable sources of data|
|FAQs||Frequently asked questions|
|Contact Us||Information on how to contact ET Index|
The tabs underneath the main image relate to the nine topic areas used in ET Index. These are arranged alphabetically across the page. By clicking on any of these tabs, you will be taken to the main page for that topic area. This page is the launching pad for your review and research.
On the topic page you will find a brief description of the topic and our general approach to measurement. Along the left side of the page is the following:
|Topic Indicators||Display of subtopics and "View All". Clicking on a subtopic provides a list of indicators and regional trend. Clicking on "View All" provides a list of all indicators in that topic listed by subtopic.|
Resources: ET Index provides these links as a convenience, but does not necessarily endorse the organizations involved or their programs, nor can it affirm the accuracy of information in linked sites.
Related Indicators: There might be some indicators that do not live in this topic area, but are related. You can find these indicators here.
|Featured Indicator||Each of these topic indicators can expand to reveal all of the indicators for the topic area in the category. Clicking on any of the indicators will transport you to detailed information about that specific measure, including a description of what is measured, why it is important and how the region is performing.|
Navigating the Site
Here are several additional tips for navigating the ET Index website:
|To return to the home page...||From any page on the site, you can return to the home page by clicking on the ET Index logo in the upper left corner of the page or by clicking on Home icon located next to the Demographics topic.|
|To get to a topic main page...||From any page on the site, you can navigate to a topic main page by clicking on the blue tab with the name of the topic.|
|To customize charts...||After clicking on the charts in the detailed indicator pages, you can customize your own chart with the data available by clicking on or off the items in the legend. To view the underlying data, hover over the chart. You may also print or save these charts using the buttons in the upper right corner of the chart.|
|To download data...||After clicking on the detailed indicator pages, click on "Data Tables." By clicking on this, you will be able to see the data displayed in a table. Below the table click on "Download Data Table" to open an Excel spreadsheet.|
Engaging with ET Index social media
The tool bar at the bottom of each page allows a user to share content via Facebook, Twitter, or other media, as well as presenting options for increase or decreasing text size and printing.
2. A Glossary of Terms:
|Term||Definition/How used in the ET Index website|
|Indicator||An indicator is a measure that helps to describe an economic, environmental, social, or cultural condition over time. An indicator is usually expressed as a rate or percent, such as the infant mortality rate, the unemployment rate, or the pregnancy rate. ET Index uses indicators throughout this website. For each of the nine program categories, the indicators are accessed from the main page, or topic page. A list of each indicator is available by clicking on "View All" under "Topic Indicators."|
|Inflation Adjusted||This refers to an actual value that is adjusted to account for inflation. The changes in a series of actual values over time reflect several factors, including inflation. But if the series is inflation adjusted, the changes then reflect only the other factors. For example, median household income in our region (Financial Well-Being) is adjusted to the most recent year in the series.|
|Median||The median refers to the mid-point of a set of values. For example, median household income in our region (Financial Well-Being) is $45,100. This means that an equal number of households earn more than $45,100 as earn less.|
|Percent||The portion of the whole represented by any given value. The whole is 100 percent, and the percent of any given value is its relationship to 100 percent. Mathematically, the percent is derived by dividing the given value by the value of the whole; and then multiplying the result by 100 to express the result as a percent of 100.|
|Per capita||Per person (literally, "per head"). This measure is particularly useful in comparing activity among units of differing sizes. An example is comparing GDP per capita in the Knoxville metropolitan area to metro areas in in other states (Economy & Workforce).|
|Poverty Level||The United States government uses two principal methods to measure poverty: the poverty thresholds established by the Census Bureau and the poverty guidelines used by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Census Bureau approach is used to determine how many people live in poverty and the Health and Human Services data is used for various benefit programs, such as eligibility for food stamps. In some applications, eligibility for federal assistance programs is based on multiples of the poverty guidelines (such as 125% or 165% of the poverty level).The difference in these measures is not significant.|
|Rate||The relationship between two values. For example, when driving, the rate of speed is measured by the distance traveled (miles) in a certain amount of time (hours). Hence, the rate of speed is expressed as miles per hour. Rates can be expressed in a variety of fashions. ET Index strives to use rates that are understandable. Some examples are: the number of pregnancies per 1,000 females (Healthy Living) and the number of crimes against people per 1,000 residents (Quality of Life).|
A region generally refers to a central city and all of the surrounding areas that support that city and are supported by it. Sometimes this is thought of as an economic region or market area. Definitions of the Knoxville Region can vary from a single county (Knox) to a larger area of up to eight, nine or even 16 counties. For this project, we have presented a number of iterations of the Knoxville region but focus on the largest of these, known as “The Region.” Most indicators have data for this eight-county region. However, in some instances, data is not available for all areas. The following counties compose each geographic region: