NNIP Elects Eleanor Tutt for Executive Committee

On January 3, 2014, Eleanor Tutt, Data Management Coordinator for Rise, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP).

NNIP (www.neighborhoodindicators.org) is a collaboration of the Urban Institute (www.urban.org) – a nonpartisan economic and social policy research center – and local partners in 37 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making.  NNIP partners focus on democratizing information – facilitating the direct practical use of data by city, community, and neighborhood leaders.

Rise became the 32nd NNIP partner in 2009 in partnership with four universities – Washington University, University of Missouri Saint Louis, Saint Louis University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Rise’s commitment to democratizing data is evident in initiatives such as Neighborhood Data Gateway (www.datagateway.org), as well as our individualized data and outcome measurement technical assistance to Community Development Corporations.  Eleanor has actively represented St. Louis at NNIP partnership meetings as an attendee and presenter since 2008, and Rise is hosting the next NNIP meeting, which will be held in St. Louis, April 2-4, 2014.

NNIP is important not only because of the data, but because of how the data is used.

Through the work of NNIP partners, neighborhoods and communities benefit from increased access to data on a wide range of topics from property conditions to public health, and assistance in the direct practical use of that data to design impactful programs, influence policy, and measure success.  NNIP partners focus on building the capacities of local institutions and residents, resulting in stronger programs, collaborations, neighborhoods, and regions.

Our commitment to democratizing data and the work of NNIP is yet another component in Rises’ ongoing commitment to “lifting our communities”.

Congratulations Eleanor!