In 2016 during NNIP's 20th anniversary year, the network introduced two new annual awards to recognize NNIP Partners who have made exceptional contributions to both NNIP and their local communities. See full announcement.
- The G. Thomas Kingsley Impact Award recognizes an NNIP Partner organization who has demonstrated impact using neighborhood data to improve local policy and practice to benefit low-income communities. The award honors the legacy of Tom Kingsley, the founding director of NNIP, who has been a champion for the importance of neighborhoods and of the power of local data in community-building and policymaking.
- The Network Steward of the Year Award honors an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to NNIP's peer learning and raised the profile of the network by sharing lessons externally. A stronger community of practice helps build local capacity and advance local policy.
The 2017 NNIP awards were presented at the Spring 2017 NNIP meeting in Baltimore.
G. Thomas Kingsley Impact Award
NNIP conferred the inaugural G. Thomas Kingsley Impact Award to the Center for Urban Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. Working with the East Side Neighborhood Development Company in St. Paul, CURA assembled data for the first time on capital allocations by neighborhood, uncovering inequitable spending. The east-side districts, which account for 34 percent of the City’s population, had received only 19 percent of its capital spending over the decade. In response to the publicity from the analysis, St. Paul City Council passed a resolution for the Capital Improvement Budget Committee to tabulate plans by geography and to explicitly include geographic equity in the rating system for investments.
We would like to express appreciation to the Impact Award’s 2017 review panel: Cindy Guy (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Craig Howard (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation), Seema Iyer (Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance), Lisa Nelson (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and NNIP Alumna) and three Urban Institute staff (Tom Kingsley, Leah Hendey, and Kathy Pettit).
Network Steward of the Year Award
NNIP bestowed the Network Steward of the Year Award on Erica Raleigh from Data Driven Detroit. Erica is unfailingly responsive to inquiries from new and aspiring partners despite a hectic local schedule. She generously shares insights, tools, and working documents on business and substantive topics. In addition, she serves NNIP through involvement in two cross-site projects and actively encourages her staff to get more involved with network activities.
Many thanks to the Network Steward Award’s 2017 review committee: Mark Abraham (DataHaven), Rob Pitingolo (Urban Institute), and April Urban (Case Western Reserve University).