The Anchor Dashboard

Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

Posted August 1, 2013
By the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland
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Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this document accompanies Achieving the Anchor Promise: Improving Outcomes for Low-Income Children, Families and Communities, and provides infomation on dashboard indicators connected to anchor institutions. Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors.  These ties link institution well-being with the well-being of the community in which it is anchored. As a result, anchor institutions are leveraging more of their economic, human and intellectual resources to better the long-term welfare of the communities in which they exist. This study seeks to introduce a framework that can assist anchor institutions in understanding their impact on the community and, in particular, their impact on the welfare of low-income children and families in those communities. 

Findings & Stats

Key Takeaway

The role of anchor institutions is increasingly important as a result of globalization

Health care and education are gaining in their share of national GDP. Anchor institutions in general are among the leading employers in nearly all major U.S. cities.