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New Tools for Health Data

As community developers increasingly embrace health as part of comprehensive revitalization strategies, two recent resources are informing their work.

Tools for Measuring Health Outcomes

Success Measures, an outcome evaluation resource housed at NeighborWorks America, helps community organizations and their partners plan and execute evaluations of community development interventions. Success Measures has developed a new set of measurement tools that help capture the impact of various community development programs on health outcomes. Available in English and Spanish, the tools cover program areas including Healthy Food & Healthy Living, Community Revitalization & Engagement, Healthy Homes and Resident Services.

Check out all of Success Measures Health Outcome Tools.

Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools
We know your health and lifespan are determined by your zip code, and we also know it shouldn’t be that way. Agencies and organizations across the country are working to advance health equity and reduce disparities between neighborhoods. They depend on robust community-level data to inform their policies, practices and resource allocation, but the sources of such data are not always readily available or reliable. Communities and institutions are increasingly creating new online tools to provide greater access to health, public safety and other data. To help these efforts, PolicyLink and Ecotrust have teamed up to offer design principles for data tools intended to advance health equity.

In Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools: 10 Design Principles, PolicyLink and Ecotrust offer practical guidance based on their own experience creating data tools for equity. The design principles are rooted in ideals of community involvement, openness and usability. Throughout the report, the authors discuss each principle in detail, explaining why it is important and how to implement it, and providing real-world examples.

Read Powering Health Equity Action with Online Data Tools: 10 Design Principles.

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