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What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

How can we improve conditions in some of the country’s most distressed places? What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, a new volume of essays published jointly by the Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, addresses this question. Its contributors argue that the answers must be data-driven and require better collection, use, and sharing of information across sectors. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the volume brings together authors from community development, public health, education, and related fields.

Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute; Eric Belsky, director of the division of consumer and community affairs for the Federal Reserve Board; and Donald Schwarz, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s healthy places and practices portfolio, opened the discussion.


  • Annie Donovan, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • David Fleming, Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Amias Gerety, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Maggie Grieve, Success Measures at NeighborWorks America
  • Alaina Harkness, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Bill Kelly, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
  • Victor Rubin, PolicyLink
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For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Ivy Hunter at [email protected].

Date & Time Thursday, December 4, 2014

  • Senior Fellow
    Codirector, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
  • President