Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

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Seema Iyer, Associate Director, Jacob France Institute

The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (known as BNIA-JFI) is an organization supported by diverse groups committed to promoting, supporting, and helping people make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods.

BNIA-JFI builds on and coordinates the related work of citywide nonprofit organizations, city and state government agencies, neighborhoods, foundations, businesses, and universities to support and strengthen the principle and practice of well informed decision making for change toward strong neighborhoods, improved quality of life, and a thriving city.

Groups and individuals involved with BNIA-JFI contribute their strengths to ensure the following core functions are performed:

  • The Vital Signs - outcome indicators that "take the pulse" of Baltimore neighborhoods by measuring progress toward a shared vision and desired results for strong neighborhoods, good quality of life, and a thriving, vital city over time. These Vital Signs were developed using a comprehensive community driven process and are tracked over time.


  • Technical Assistance and Training Strategy - training on accessing, understanding, and using data, indicators, and the Vital Signs to enhance long-term neighborhood improvement is available by contacting BNIA-JFI staff. This training concentrates on facilitating the use of the Vital Signs in a "results-based approach to decision making" process.  BNIA-JFI staff are also able to provide assistance and training on numerous other topics including: GIS, spatial analysis, understanding data and indicators, and other topics.


  • "One Stop Shop" BNIA-JFI is the first place to go for accessing the Vital Signs and other data about Baltimore and its neighborhoods from a variety of sources in a user-friendly way. Staff can assist users with using the BNIA-JFI website where numerous data and indicators are available, as well as refer users to other data sources if necessary.  BNIA-JFI staff are also able to assist in the identification and collection of data and indicators for a variety of uses.  
Amanda Davis
Research Associate
Seema Iyer
Associate Director, Jacob France Institute


June 2013 - December 2015
The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute (BNIA-JFI) at the University of Baltimore seeks to better understand the equity of access to programs that help households... [read more]
October 30, 2014
Three NNIP partners (Baltimore, New York City, and Pittsburgh) are presenting at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference in Philadelphia on October 30. The panel will... [read more]
June 6, 2014
The Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information Systems (PNCIS) Uses’ Conference was held Friday, June 6 at the University Club on the University of Pittsburgh campus. This marks the fifth... [read more]


March 9, 2017
News article - By: Carey L. Biron

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

November 2, 2016
Job Description - By: Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

September 28, 2016
Presentation - By: Bob Gradeck, Liz Monk, Seema Iyer, April Urban

University Center for Social and Urban Research, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

September 27, 2016
Presentation - By: Jake Cowan, Seema Iyer, Bob Gradeck

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, University Center for Social and Urban Research

September 15, 2016
Presentation - By: Seema Iyer

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance


Partner Webinars

July 15, 2015 - 8:00pm

Partners expressed the... [read more]

Presenters Katya Abazajian, Leah Hendey, April Urban, Brian Karfunkel, Cheryl Knott, Johanna Busch, Holly St. Clair, Laura Simmons, Mary Buchanan