NNIP Awards

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. The call for the 2019 awards will be issued in December 2019.

  • 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 was 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.

 


2018 Winners

The 2018 NNIP awards were presented at the Spring 2018 NNIP meeting in Atlanta.

G. Thomas Kingsley Impact Award

NNIP conferred the 2018 G. Thomas Kingsley Impact Award on the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. The Poverty Center demonstrated that living in poor quality housing units or units that are tax delinquent, owned by speculators or in foreclosure, can lead to lower literacy scores for kindergartners. Their study raised the visibility of the scale of the issue of lead exposure - 4 in 10 children in were being exposed to lead and were beginning school already behind. In response to help reduce lead hazards, the City of Cleveland is now proactively registering rental properties and inspecting every rental property in the City of Cleveland on a four-year basis.

We would like to express appreciation to the Impact Award’s 2018 review panel: Cindy Guy (Annie E. Casey Foundation), Hilary Heishman (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), Laura McKieran (CI:Now), and Naomi Cytron (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco). Leah Hendey and Kathy Pettit from the Urban Institute also served on the panel.

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Network Steward of the Year Award

NNIP bestowed the 2018 Network Steward of the Year Award on Sharon Kandris from the Polis Center at Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis. Despite a busy schedule and many responsibilities, Sharon generously offers her time to NNIP Partners who benefit from her expertise and long experience in the community information field. In addition, Sharon promotes the NNIP network at national conferences and events.

Many thanks to Noah Urban of Data Driven Detroit for nominating Sharon and the Network Steward Award’s 2018 review committee: John Cruz (Rise) and Rob Pitingolo (Urban Institute).

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2017 Winners

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 and Regional 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).

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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).

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