Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

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Cheryl Knott, Assistant Director

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.  
Cheryl Knott
Assistant Director
Logan Shertz
Research Analyst
Ashley Edwards
Community Engagement Specialist


July 25, 2023
Cheryl Knott (Baltimore) presented the Small Area Fair Market Rents Data Tool, which displays the... [read more]
In Baltimore, community efforts are often a cornerstone of ongoing... [read more]
BNIA's new map sheds light on the geography of disconnection in Maryland. A two-thirds majority of disconnected Marylanders live in metro counties or Baltimore City. 40% of all Marylanders... [read more]


October 27, 2022
Presentation - By: Cheryl Knott

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

October 27, 2022
Video - By: Sara Jaye Sanford, Cheryl Knott, Elly Schoen, Jenna Losh, Elizabeth Burton (Moderator)

Urban Institute, Communities Count, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, The Data Center

September 1, 2022
Report - By: Seema D. Iyer

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance


Partner Webinars

May 5, 2022 - 3:30pm

The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a peer-learning network of more than 30 cities who have been working to democratize data for equitable and resilient communities for 25... [read more]

Presenters Sonia Torres-Rodriguez, Seema Iyer
October 22, 2019 - 9:00am

Data Days are gatherings that focus on building a common understanding and improving literacy around data and highlight ways that data can improve the community. Data Days are designed to help... [read more]

Presenters Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Carrie Koss Vallejo, Liz Monk