Tag: American Human Development Index

06
Sep

Portrait of Los Angeles Coming Soon

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Breathing Life into Numbers!

Continuing our ten year collaboration with Measure of America, Humantific Understandinglab is at work designing the upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles.

For those readers who might not know: Since 2007 the Measure of America team has been publishing an incredibly important series of societal sensemaking reports focused on explaining the complex state of well-being in the United States. Their deep expertise has become internationally recognized by many.

We are delighted to partner and work with Measure of America accross many projects in part because this involves much more than just data visualization. We love all forms of sensemaking that helps to drive constructive changemaking!

“Measure of America provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards.

The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, an alternative to GDP and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring and empowers communities with a tool to track progress over time. The Index is comprised of health, education, and income indicators and allows for well-being rankings of the 50 states, 436 congressional districts, county groups within states, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups.

Through national and state reports, thematic briefs, and interactive websites such as DATA2GO.NYC, Measure of America aims to breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives that foster greater understanding of our shared challenges and greater support for people-centered policies. The Project was founded in 2006, and became an initiative of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in 2008.”

Previous Reports Include:

Portait of California

Portrait of Sonoma County

Portrait of Louisiana

About Human Development:

“Human development is defined as the process of enlarging people’s freedoms and opportunities and improving their well-being. Human development is about the real freedom ordinary people have to decide who to be, what to do, and how to live.”

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“Measure of America has been supported by many institutions through a combination of grants and commissioned work that all focus on our core objective: to better illustrate and address disparities in well-being and opportunity within the United States.”

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