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