Building neighborhood data to inform policy: A Q&A with Kathryn Pettit, director of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)

January 5, 2016

In this Q&A, Stuart Butler talks with Kathryn Pettit, director of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). The NNIP is a peer-learning network of organizations in 30 cities that helps community organizations, foundations, and local governments use data to help shape policy.

Changing the Development Process – Data Opening Up New Opportunities in Kansas City

September 22, 2015
Written by:
G. Thomas Kingsley

A program of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC – Kansas City’s metropolitan planning agency) suggests that data can serve as a central change agent.

Data and Measurement Issues Surrounding “Hub” Models: The Case of Briya/Mary’s Center

August 13, 2015

In the best of all possible worlds, community initiatives would be collecting and using client and services data to know whether they’re working in both the short-term and with a longer time horizon. Unfortunately, organizations faces multiple challenges when it comes to using evaluation and data to demonstrate success to municipalities or philanthropists. The authors’ examination of Briya/Mary’s Center underscores the importance of ensuring that community-serving organizations can create a broad data collection and sharing ecosystem.

Data in Action: Mobilizing Change by Mapping Health Disparities

May 26, 2015
Written by:
Naomi Cytron

When is a picture worth a thousand words? When that picture is a map depicting neighborhood health disparities. Visit the Data in Action tab to find out how mapping helped Communities of Opportunity, a joint initiative of the Seattle Foundation, the Department of Public Health-Seattle & King County, and the King County Department of Community and Human Services, hone in on its goal to make the region’s health assets more equitable.

How HomeKeeper makes social impact data work—for frontline staff and for an entire sector

March 11, 2015
Written by:
Elizabeth Haney

Collecting and analyzing data to understand impact often feels like more work than it’s worth. What if a tool that staff uses to do their daily work could capture impact data with no extra effort? That is the mission of HomeKeeper, an app created by Capital Impact Partners and Cornerstone Partnership.

Data in Action: Worker Conditions in Chinatown

February 4, 2015
Written by:
Naomi Cytron

We went behind the scenes to show how communities are using data to spark change. In this case, workers in San Francisco’s Chinatown collaborated with researchers to document conditions in restaurants. The results were surprising, even to workers. Visit the Data in Action tab to read all about it.

Moving forward: Using data to end intergenerational poverty in America’s communities

December 15, 2014
Written by:
Ellen S. Seidman

Recently, our authors and editors discussed themes from the What Counts book at a public launch event. Ellen Seidman recaps the discussion in the last post of a three-part series.

Collaborating with data for America’s communities

December 12, 2014
Written by:
Ellen S. Seidman

Recently, our authors and editors discussed themes from the What Counts book at a public launch event. Ellen Seidman recaps the discussion in the second post of a three-part series.

Sharing Data for America’s Communities

December 11, 2014
Written by:
Ellen S. Seidman

Last week, our authors and editors discussed themes from the What Counts book at a public launch event. Ellen Seidman recaps the discussion in the first post of a three-part series.

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#WhatCountsforUSA: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

November 17, 2014

Join us for the webcast launch on December 4.