StrengtheningCommunities_coverStrengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data, the new book co-authored by Dr. Claudia Coulton, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change at the Mandel School, will be released on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from the Urban Institute.

As part of the release, Dr. Coulton, along with co-authors G. Thomas Kingsley and Kathryn L. S. Pettit, will be participating in a live webcast discussion also on November 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration encouraged but not required.

From the press release: Efforts to address the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods stretch back to the 1800s, but until relatively recently, data played little role in forming policy. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that all of the factors necessary for rigorous, multifaceted analysis of neighborhood conditions – automated government records, geospatial information systems, and local organizations that could leverage both – converged. Strengthening Communities documents that convergence and details its progress, plotting the ways data are improving local governance in America.

To download the free ebook or order a hard copy, visit http:/

The webcast discussion will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. on November 12. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Ivy Hunter at

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