Why Do Metrics Matter for Neighborhood Development?
An impact measurement framework will help you understand whether your community investments are really working for the communities you serve. In the words of the Healthy and Equitable Community Investment Work Group:
“We cannot address the health inequities in our communities without understanding the impacts of these inequities and their roots. We believe that everyone should live in a thriving community that supports good health and a sustainable future. Yet, too many people across the nation live in places where housing is not only unsafe and unhealthy, but also difficult to afford, healthy food choices are few, and public transportation is nonexistent. Investing in creating more walkable, affordable, vibrant neighborhoods has enormous potential for improving residents’ opportunities to live healthy, prosperous, civically engaged lives. We believe that at the heart of all investments should be residents’ voices, priorities, and well-being — and data to support them.”
We provide step-by-step support to investors in building impact measurement frameworks that respond to the needs and priorities of local residents. Learn more about how your investments can improve the health of communities.
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Our insights on how to tie investment decisions to long-term health impacts emerge from leading research in public health. The resources below have helped us identify and refine more than 100 indicators of healthy communities.
See all of our resources that helped define the metrics that matter for community health.
Roadmap to Investing for Equitable Impact.
Learn about the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund and our strategy to launch impact investment funds.
Healthy and Equitable Community Investment Work Group
Learn more about our recommendations for measuring the impact of your community investments.