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National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership – Thursday (9/15)

September 13, 2011

Alexandria Quality of Life Initiative Lunchtime Workshop Series

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership:

Case Studies on Using Data for Community Change

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Noon -1pm

Join us on September 15 for a discussion about the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a nationwide initiative of 35 cities that seeks to advance the use of data systems for policy analysis and community building in U.S. cities.

Our speaker is noted expert Tom Kingsley, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, who will highlight several case studies on using data for community change from NNIP members. Tom also will discuss best practices for data collection, analysis and action from the perspective of public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Among the questions we’ll cover include:

■ What can we learn from other communities that have successfully implemented a Quality of Life initiative similar to Alexandria’s?

■ What national data files have small area data that we might use?

■ What types of data can and do other communities develop?

Tom’s research specializes in housing, urban policy, and governance issues. He served for over a decade as Director of the Institute’s Center for Public Finance and Housing and currently directs the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.

LOCATION: Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Street parking nearby and also accessible via Alexandria’s DASH bus service

No charge to attend. Seating is limited; please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 14 at http://tinyurl.com/43o282r

Cosponsored by ACT for Alexandria ■ City of Alexandria ■ Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria ■ Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy

The Alexandria Quality of Life (AQOL) Lunchtime Workshop Series bring people together around the key questions and challenges involved in further enhancing our great community. How do we measure Alexandria’s Quality of Life? How can agencies, nonprofits, businesses and community groups use this data to make our community an even better place to live, work and play?

In a conversational setting, we’ll discuss best practices and key insights about using community indicators to make meaningful community change, including ‘lessons learned’ from colleagues and peers.

Join us for a stimulating discussion! The workshops are free and open to the public; FREE LUNCH* is provided for the September program courtesy of Virginia Tech. For more information, contact Beth Offenbacker, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy at boffen@vt.edu or 703 623 4811.

Funding provided by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE)

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