On January 2, 20114, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) through the Urban Institute posted the story “Integrating Data Sources to Help Children and Communities Succeed” in the Catalyst section of Living Cities discussing the launch of the NNIP network and its partnerships including the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. NNIP found that local agencies inside and outside the government working together was beneficial to improv a child’s success in schools. The Poverty Center was given as an demonstrative example, citing it’s work as the long-term evaluator for Cuyahoga County’s Invest In Children initiative. Linking data from various sources, the Center has developed and maintains an Integrated Data System for children in the county to help provide a comprehensive view of the agencies that are serving children and how those children served are faring. With NNIP’s goal to encourage collaboration between agencies to improve school readiness, the Poverty Center’s mutliagency approach to data is seen as a model.

The Urban Institute story on Living Cities also cited their 2010 report “Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems” which included data and maps provided by the Poverty Center.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.

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