Social Indexes: Finding the Right Tools to Inform Grantmaking Strategy

Thursday, September 29, 2022 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Virtual Meeting
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Co-sponsored by Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Connecticut Council on Philanthropy and the Maine Philanthropy Center

Over the last decade, the number of publicly available, interactive, user friendly databases and indexes has increased rapidly.

On the one hand, this gives nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, elected leaders and concerned citizens new power to measure everything from a community's "walkability," to its availability of affordable child care, to its share of affordable housing. On the other hand, this inundation of information can be overwhelming, with the quality of a seemingly endless number of measures varying considerably.

This session will help you find and use high quality publicly available data on a wide range of social conditions affecting communities you care about.

The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis has explored more than 75 national rankings and indexes to determine ones that are particularly relevant and valuable to inform and improve grantmaking decisions.

Drawing on the Center's recent curation of social sector indexes, Director Susan Eaton will provide an overview of existing publicly available measures and indexes, simulate data production, and answer any questions attendees have about finding and using data relevant to the communities they care about.

Join us to explore some of these helpful indexes and learn more about resources that can help strengthen your grantmaking.

This session is for funders only.

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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