This commentary discusses the progress of local data intermediaries that form part of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). The number of such intermediaries has recently expanded but the places with these capacities still account for a very small share of America's urban centers. The authors suggest that many more cities would benefit from developing systems like those of the NNIP partners and that an expanded effort is warranted to help them do so. The paper explains how these systems work, illustrates the contributions they make, and describes what it might take to support broader scale replication efficiently.
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