An Assessment of the Community Information Infrastructure in the Chicago Metropolitan Area

Report by Kathryn Pettit, Thomas Kingsley
April 1, 2013

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)

The Chicago area benefits from state, county and local governments committed to open data and a wealth of institutions working with neighborhood-level data for civic purposes. To enhance the area’s community information infrastructure and reduce the current fragmentation, we recommend a set of actions based on the experiences of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. These include additional convening opportunities, increased public communication, and selected new services. A new regional cross-sector network for community data stakeholders could be hosted by an existing organization, manage the recommended activities, and plan for the future as the city's policy and technological environment evolves.