Research and Data Assistance Requests (RADAR)


RADAR is BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Lab‘s response to a growing need for public interest technology, data and research assistance.

You submit a request for support related to open data — from your block to borough to national border— and we respond. In a collaborative process, we help you meet your needs as well as build new civic data and analytical skills.

  • Releasing, preparing and vetting open data
  • Geospatial analysis and transformation
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Data visualizations
  • API development
  • User research
  • Mobile Application and Website development

RADAR serves public, non-profit and community based organizations such as Borough President Offices, Community Boards, Council Offices, City Agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations and coalitions, universities, and media organizations.

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Need research or data assistance?

Click the button below to submit a request form. Be sure to include as many details as possible about your request, your timeline and your criteria for a successful resolution.
We will contact you to refine the scope of the project, ask initial questions and build an estimated timeline.

Project Gallery


An interactive tool for community boards to discover issues and trends within their district’s boundaries.

NYC Boundaries Map

A helpful tool for viewing and querying overlapping administrative boundaries in New York City.

OpenStreets Toolkit

A tool for community partners to manage the logistics of volunteers, time, and communication.

History of RADAR

For the last few years, we have worked with the Manhattan Borough President and NYC’s Community Boards to address their complex data and analytical needs. This collaboration resulted in RADAR, a free service we now provide to local government offices and community-based organizations to help with one-off data analytics projects. Fellows and apprentices, who are trained in our Civic Innovation Lab, work alongside our staff to meet your data needs.

Our clients