BARI is pleased to announce that later this month we will publish data from the Boston Neighborhood Survey (BNS) through the Boston Data Portal. The BNS asked respondents about topics including: (1) community norms and neighborhood resources, (2) respondents’ sense of community well-being and perceptions of community safety, (3) demographic characteristics, and (4) the well-being of neighborhood youth. It was conducted by the Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health over three waves, in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
The data from the BNS are a rich resource for understanding the conditions and social dynamics of local communities, and we have organized the release to support their use by researchers, practitioners, and community members alike. The database will include: individual-level survey responses; measures describing neighborhoods at multiple geographical levels (e.g., census tracts, neighborhood clusters); and documentation describing all variables, methodology, and data processing. In addition, neighborhood measures from the 2010 wave will be available on BostonMap, where visitors can visualize 13 survey scales across the categories of Perceived Disorder and Crime and Social Dynamics and Relationships for both tracts and neighborhood clusters in conjunction with a variety of other data resources and map-based tools.
Visualization from BostonMap depicting Collective Efficacy, 2010, Boston neighborhoods.
(Collective Efficacy defined as the ability to accomplish share goals, including the prevention of crime)