Mobilizing Youth for Data-Driven Community Change

Posted December 9, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Young people are helping communities collect useful data to improve services and programs

A new report, Mobi­liz­ing Youth, spot­lights inno­v­a­tive efforts to help young peo­ple har­ness the pow­er of data and advo­cate for the changes they want to see in their communities.

The report — fund­ed by the Annie E. Casey and Robert Wood John­son foun­da­tions — shares how local orga­ni­za­tions in the Nation­al Neigh­bor­hood Indi­ca­tors Part­ner­ship (NNIP) are striv­ing to inject more youth voic­es into issues affect­ing youth. This work involves assist­ing young peo­ple with col­lect­ing and ana­lyz­ing data, incor­po­rat­ing their per­spec­tives into research, cre­ative­ly dis­sem­i­nat­ing results and rec­om­men­da­tions and more.

NNIP part­ners men­tioned in Mobi­liz­ing Youth include:

Involv­ing young peo­ple in data and research empow­ers them to think crit­i­cal­ly about com­mu­ni­ty issues and to con­tribute new insights for address­ing those issues,” says Chris Kings­ley, senior asso­ciate for data ini­tia­tives at the Casey Foun­da­tion, This approach can devel­op an emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers pre­pared to advo­cate for change, with endur­ing ben­e­fits for communities.”

NNIP is a part­ner­ship between the Urban Insti­tute and pub­lic and pri­vate orga­ni­za­tions in more than 30 cities. It is com­mit­ted to con­nect­ing res­i­dents with neigh­bor­hood data to help advance equi­ty and well-being local­ly. Mobi­liz­ing Youth was writ­ten by Camille H. Anoll, a research ana­lyst at the Urban Insti­tute and a mem­ber of the NNIP team.

Learn how young peo­ple are help­ing to build an equi­table data sys­tem in Broward Coun­ty, Florida

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