Data for Delegates

Welcome to the Data for Delegates web portal.

As a civic health innovator in the Healthy Public Project at Civic Hall Labs, we’ve partnered to curate a list of open data resources that will help you obtain the information you need to evaluate community needs and the impact that projects might have on particular communities.

Tools for Project Evaluation

The following tools contain data on indicators that together, create healthier communities. Use these tools to assess community needs and project impacts.

Click on the directory for a list of tools. You can search by committee, location (some tools only offer data on one city), or by health factor indicators from the County Health Rankings model.

To  view a tool, simply click on the tool directory and you will see a tool description, why we recommend the tool, limitations, and the tool’s web address.


To  explore a tool, simply click on the tool directory and you will see a tool description, why we recommend the tool, limitations, and the tool’s web address.

Indicators

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) states it simply in their report on A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health: there’s an “integral relationship between our health and where and how we live, learn, work and play.”

Social determinants of health provide a useful framework for thinking about equity, and especially so in this political moment. We’re appreciative of our partners at Civic Hall Las for sharing their expertise, questions, and resources with our team at PBP, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned and created with you!

  • The Boston Public Health Commission offers clear distinctions between health equity, health disparities or inequalities, health inequities, and other key concepts in the public health field that inform our understanding of the relationship between racism and health outcomes. The Commission presents critical information on racial and ethnic health disparities by highlighting the difference between genetics and experiences of racism: racism over a lifetime—rather than genetics—contributes to a variety of serious health threats.
  • The Healthy People 2020 report titled An Opportunity to Address Societal Determinants of Health in the United States lifts up key distinctions between the social and physical environment, explores the importance of focusing on health equity, and shares specific actions we can take to address social determinants of health. The overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 include creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all. 

Through our research, we adopted a social determinants of health approach to help you use data to evaluate project ideas, and promote equity by developing proposals that address the deepest needs in the communities. Taken from the framework called “County Health Rankings,” we focused tools containing data related to health factors. As such, these tools offer insight on:

  • Education 
  • Employment
  • Income
  • Family & Social Support
  • Community Safety
  • Air & water Quality
  • Housing & Transit

Look for data on any or several of these indicators (as relevant to your committee) to help you evaluate the need in communities, and the impact that projects would have.

Note: Not all of these indicators will be relevant to your committees; pick the most useful tools and indicators for your committees and projects.

How We Use These Tools When Evaluating Ideas
(Video coming soon!)

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We would like to hear from you! Fill out our feedback form to let us know about your experience using the Data for Delegates portal. Our staff will review all feedback and use your suggestions to make this tool even more useful for lifting up equity in PB and beyond.

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