September 2016 Meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, Cleveland

This year marks the 20th year of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). D3 has been a proud partner since 2009, and we are deeply grateful for all the network has done to help D3 build capacity over the years. Those who know me have likely heard my exuberant ramblings on our partnership meetings that happen twice per year, when I get to let my geek flag fly even higher than normal.

Here’s my list of top takeaways from the latest meeting:

  1. Hats off to our former colleague Leon Wilson in his new role with the Cleveland Foundation! We love knowing there’s a great advocate for impact organizations out there who brings with him the experience of working inside a nonprofit.
  2. I’m a sucker for a good index. Check out the Twin Cities Housing Market Index and Cook County House Price Index.
  3. Data inventory contest – Cleveland and Detroit tie for the win!
  4. Favorite new-to-me interactive data tools – KnowPlace and Census Reporter.
  5. Best session (of many favorites!) – The Next Generation of Open Data. Check out all the slide decks!
  6. From the partner who showed us the way on parcel data, we look to Cleveland’s Childhood Integrated Longitudinal Data System for more answers.
  7. Cool resources – Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy and Teaching with Data,
  8. When we grow up, we hope to be the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.

If you are interested in learning more about starting a local data hub, check out this Next City article that includes a link to the startup guide published this year.