DiversityData.org and DiversityData-Kids

The DiversityData project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. DiversityData-Kids builds upon the work of the DiversityData project.

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The DiversityData project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups. This Website is available to a wide variety of potential users interested in describing, profiling and ranking U.S. metros in terms of quality of life. The indicators provide a scorecard on diversity and opportunity, and allow researchers, policymakers and community advocates to compare metro areas and to help them advocate for policy action and social change.

The choice of indicators was grounded in recent work on urban inequality and health inequality, which points to the significance of racial/ethnic disparities in health, educational, employment and housing opportunities across metro areas.

The project challenges urban researchers, policymakers and activists to define quality of life and health broadly — to include opportunities for good schools, housing, jobs, wages, health and social services, and safe neighborhoods — to compare achievement across metros, and to make continuous changes to keep metropolitan life healthy for all populations. Public policies may enhance or harm the well-being of diverse populations. Important policy areas include neighborhood integration, residential mobility, anti-discrimination in housing, urban renewal, school quality and economic opportunities.

Find the project at http://www.diversitydata.org

DiversityData-Kids

DiversityData-Kids builds upon the work of the DiversityData project. Also funded by a major grant from the Kellogg Foundation, this project will create a comprehensive and useful tool for people who are working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote racial/ethnic equity.  Understanding that a healthy and well-rounded childhood constitutes the foundation for being a healthy, productive and engaged citizen, IUHR researchers will examine many areas, among them education, health and housing, to identify concrete indicators of child well-being, measuring the state of equality of opportunity for children in all U.S. metropolitan areas. DiversityData-Kids.org will also document promising state, local and federal policies that may help improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote equity.

This IUHR project will culminate in an interactive website where users can easily access and analyze data related to children and opportunity in the United States.  Still in the early stages of development, a DiversityData-Kids website will be a portal for reports, policy briefs, tool kits, talking points and sponsored research. Links to relevant research and information related to children who live in poverty, children with special needs, immigrant children and other vulnerable populations will help inform policy decisions and interventions. The site will also house short documentary videos and narrative case studies that will serve to raise awareness about child-related urban challenges and increase support for promising solutions.
An exciting dimension of DiversityData-Kids is IUHR’s collaboration with several dynamic organizations and research institutes.  Drawing from the expertise of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University (www.kirwaninstitute.org), the DiversityData/Kids.org site will showcase the latest GIS mapping technologies as well as a comprehensive database of promising policies. DiversityData-Kids will also partner with The Center for Cities and Schools at the University of California at Berkeley (www.citiesandschools.berkeley.edu) to incorporate the Y-PLAN methodology.

Associated IUHRP Staff

Theresa Osypuk

Theresa Osypuk

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed

Lindsay Rosenfeld

Lindsay Rosenfeld

Grant Support

The DiversityData and DiversityData-Kids projects are supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.