Connecting People and Place: Improving Communities through Integrated Data Systems

Funder: Annie E. Casey Foundation
Contact: Leah Hendey
Date: June 2013 - December 2015

Connecting People and Place: Improving Communities through Integrated Data Systems

NNIP has launched a three-year cross-site project supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to expand the relevance of integrated data systems (IDS) for local policy. An integrated data system is one that collects ongoing individual-level data from multiple administrative agencies whether at the city, county or state level. The project will connect local NNIP partners, who all work to advance data-driven decisionmaking in their neighborhoods, with organizations and agencies running IDS.

Project Background and Goals

The paper Connecting People and Place: Improving Communities through Integrated Data Systems provides background on the origins of the project. The goals of the cross-site project are to:

  • Demonstrate that IDS can be used to improve local policy and programs.
  • Establish relationships between NNIP partners, IDS agencies and community partners and create a two-way exchange of information between NNIP partners and IDS agencies.


Project Roles and Timing

Urban Institute coordinates the project and takes the lead on cross-site dissemination and reports.  The six participating NNIP partners have each designed a site-specific project that responds to a local policy concern and incorporates both data from an IDS and from their own neighborhood data holdings.

NNIP Partners will first take part in a planning phase where they will establish relationships with the relevant IDS agency and community stakeholders, negotiate data sharing agreements, and finalize their plan for analysis and dissemination. During the second phase in 2014-15, partners will gather and analyze the data, report their results, and present their findings at a community forum.

Project Advisors

Two organizations with specialized expertise in IDS - Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy and the Data Quality Campaign - will provide advice and technical assistance to support the project.  They have also collaborated with Urban on a resource list and catalog of IDS across the nation.

Check back for project materials and updates!

See all NNIP items related to the data sources:
Integrated Data Systems (IDS)

Participating Partners:

Urban Institute
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
Juvenile Welfare Board
University Center for Social and Urban Research
The Providence Plan