Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Analysis of Madison's Neighborhood Indicator Data

Seeking to build on the City of Madison’s existing neighborhood indicators project, this report provides a detailed assessment of how the City can better incorporate data in assessing neighborhoods and evaluating policies and programs. The report introduces a Madison “Community Index,” which incorporates a range of measures in five substantive areas into a single measure of neighborhood well-being. In generating this index, the report illustrates one way in which the City can leverage data to better identify patterns in neighborhood and resident well-being across space and over time. In addition to detailing best practices in the use of data from cities across the country, the report includes a series of recommendations for improving the collection of data and its potential use in policy and programmatic decisions specific to the City of Madison.

Policy Brief.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Rourke O'Brien in Spring 2016
  • Author(s): Lindsay Garber, Merrill Mechler-Hickson, Mike Pearson, Maria Serakos
  • Client Name: City of Madison Finance Department