Featured Projects

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about the issues we all care about.

News and Events ALL NEWS

A Tale of Two City Council Districts: The Importance of Disaggregated Data to Accurately Measure SDGs in the United States

We must do our best to meet the SDGs everywhere and for everyone, not just in aggregate at the national level. Data tools like Mapping America, which features a curated set of SDG indicators, can help us track our progress and prioritize action. After all, the foundational principle of these goals and of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to leave no one behind. Doing so means we have to pay attention to historically disadvantaged groups, particularly when high aggregate scores can easily mask severe deprivation in specific places and among specific groups. Disaggregated data is the key to digging past the bigger numbers, understanding the differences between communities and demographic groups, discovering more tales of two,and taking action to close well-being gaps. —  Global Partnership For Sustainable Development Data September 11, 2019

4.5 Million Young People Nationwide Are Not Working or in School. How Cities Are Working to Get Them Back on Track — & Avoid the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Once they do become disengaged or disconnected, their problems tend to compound. Which is how it came to be that 11.5 percent of the U.S. population ages 16 to 24 became opportunity youth, according to an April 2019 report from Measure of America. —  The 74 August 13, 2019