The New Potential for Data in Managing Neighborhood Change

Book by Kathryn L.S. Pettit, G. Thomas Kingsley
December 2011

Urban Institute   (NNIP Coordinator)

This chapter provides the overarching framework for the edited volume, Putting Data to Work: Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods.

The chapter has three sections.

1. Data to manage neighborhood change. This section describes the types of data useful in neighborhood stabilization efforts that are becoming more available in American cities.

2. Five ways to influence change. This section illustrates five ways in which the newly available data can be used to influence change in neighborhood real estate markets, specifically in planning and implementing neighborhood stabilization.

3. Using data at different experience levels. This section offers ideas about how communities whose data systems are in various stages of evolution can use available data productively in their neighborhood stabilization programs. It gives two examples from the Center for Community Building and Neighborhood Action (CBANA) in Memphis and NeighborhoodInfoDC, two local NNIP partners.