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The Future for Community Use of Data to Advance Equity

Communities need broad access to data and the skills to use them to advance racial equity and well-being. Community members can use data to advance local priorities by illuminating racial inequities, building consensus among stakeholders, and advocating for shifts in policies and resources. To do this, they need to use data not just to describe current inequities but to identify the systems that created them and to chart a clear path to action. People must also recognize that not everyone has access to data or the skills and resources to use them. In particular, people who are marginalized, including people of color and people with low incomes, have been harmed by others who are using data irresponsibly and are often shut out of opportunities to access and apply data.

Local funders, coalitions, and advocacy organizations have a role to play in changing these dynamics by using data to develop solutions and shift power to residents and grassroots organizations. On the 25th anniversary of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, join the Urban Institute for a virtual discussion to explore what we need to do differently to democratize data and ensure people have what they need to use information to advance equity and well-being.



  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence, PolicyLink @agb4equity
  • Lisa Hamilton, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation @lhamilton_aecf
  • Kathryn L. S. Pettit, Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership; Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute @kpettitdc
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute @swartell


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The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a learning network that is coordinated by the Urban Institute and connects independent partner organizations in more than 30 cities that share a mission to ensure all communities have access to data and the skills to use information to advance equity and well-being across neighborhoods.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Date & Time Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  • Senior Fellow
    Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
  • President