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Boston Indicators Project

Project ID: 311

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

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Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 06/19/16
Project LocationGreater Boston Region, MA
Lead OrganizationThe Boston Foundation
Type of Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Neighborhood, Municipality, County, Metropolitan, Sub-State Region

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Governance, Health, Housing, Land Use, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation


Project Description

The Boston Foundation coordinates the Boston Indicators Project, in partnership with the City of Boston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The project tracks indicators in ten sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultural Life and the Arts, the Economy, Housing, Education, Health, Public Safety, the Environment, Transportation, and Technology. The project has recently released a report in 2009 summarizing Boston indicators, entitled “A Great Reckoning: Healing a Growing Divide.”

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Innovative Tools
    WEAVE: The project leverages data from Metro Boston Data Common, a new data portal, using an innovative, open-source data visualization tool WEAVE. Users can view and create their own maps and charts.


Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Supporting

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions:


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Charlotte Kahn
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 10th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
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