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Sharing stories about how equity data is catalyzing community action and policy change, and providing tips and tools on how to use data to build an equitable economy. Please tell us your story about using data for social change. Reach us using the Contact form above.

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

24 Apr 2017 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

Happy April! It has been a busy month with the release of three new equity profiles for Fresno county, New Orleans city, and Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties). We have enjoyed working with many local partners to produce critical data to inform | Read more >

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

27 Mar 2017 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

Spring is a busy time for equity data! Our team is hard at work producing 15 new equity profiles, most of which will be released in April and May. We also began digging into our new project focused on employment equity in southern states, and hosted a | Read more >

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

27 Feb 2017 | Jennifer Pinto

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

The House of Representatives will soon bring its HUD funding bill for the remainder of FY17 to the floor for a vote, and Representative Gosar (Arizona-04) is likely to file an amendment that would dismantle the 2015 Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) | Read more >

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

31 Jan 2017 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,
 
The new year has brought a whirlwind of leadership and policy changes – including many that place equitable growth policies and the data needed to inform them at risk. As updated demographic projections to 2050 reveal, America’s demographic shift toward | Read more >

Chart of the Week: Location Matters For Health

Chart of the Week: Location Matters For Health

11 Jan 2017 |

To add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity, every week the National Equity Atlas team posts a new chart from the Equity Atlas related to current events and issues.

There is growing consensus among public health researchers and officials that what | Read more >

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

14 Dec 2016 | Sarah Treuhaft

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

As you know, the Atlas is a living resource, and 2016 was a year of growth and evolution. As we close out the year, we wanted to highlight some of our milestones from the year:

  • To help you use the Atlas data, we began the practice of hosting 30-minute Read more >
National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

29 Nov 2016 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,
 

Now more than ever, data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity and place must be used to sustain and amplify the movement for equitable growth and shared prosperity. Here is this month’s roundup of news and updates to help you continue to make the case | Read more >

New Atlas Maps Highlighted in CityLab

New Atlas Maps Highlighted in CityLab

25 Oct 2016 | Angel Ross

Yesterday, CityLab published a story on the new mapping breakdowns added to the National Equity Atlas. The author, Laura Bliss, underscores the role spatial data has played in understanding and addressing inequity. She writes,

"Mapmakers are still figuring out the best ways to plot | Read more >

Introducing New Neighborhood Opportunity Maps

Introducing New Neighborhood Opportunity Maps

24 Oct 2016 | Angel Ross

We know that opportunity differs by neighborhood, and maps are one way to visualize this variation across a given city, region, or state. That’s why today, we are adding mapping breakdowns to the following four indicators on the National Equity Atlas:

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

24 Oct 2016 | Alexis Stephens

 

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

The Atlas is a living resource, and as such, we are happy to share new features, upcoming webinars, and data-in-action posts that add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity.

New Neighborhood Maps Added to the Atlas
Today we | Read more >

Chart of the Week: Mapping Unemployment in St. Louis

Chart of the Week: Mapping Unemployment in St. Louis

07 Oct 2016 | Angel Ross

To add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity, every week the National Equity Atlas team posts a new chart from the Equity Atlas related to current events and issues.

If there’s one thing we know the candidates will talk about at the second presidential | Read more >

Introducing New Maps: Unemployment by Neighborhood

Introducing New Maps: Unemployment by Neighborhood

04 Oct 2016 | Angel Ross

This blog provides step-by-step directions for using the new mapping breakdown in the National Equity Atlas. The beta version is now live for the unemployment indicator, and we will be adding maps for three additional indicators next month.

While overall city and regional averages | Read more >

National Equity Atlas Update

National Equity Atlas Update

27 Sep 2016 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,
 
We have some great September updates for you, but first of all we are excited to announce the beta version of a new feature that highlights the equity movement on-the-ground:
 
Preview neighborhood-level mapping added to the Atlas
Today, we | Read more >

Chart of the Week: #RentersDayofAction

Chart of the Week: #RentersDayofAction

22 Sep 2016 | Angel Ross

To add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity, every week the National Equity Atlas team posts a new chart from the Equity Atlas related to current events and issues.

Today, thousands are taking to the streets across the country to protest rising and | Read more >

Chart of the Week: #Fightfor15 this Labor Day

Chart of the Week: #Fightfor15 this Labor Day

31 Aug 2016 | Angel Ross

To add equity data to the national dialogue about growth and prosperity, every week the National Equity Atlas team posts a new chart drawing from the Equity Atlas related to current events and issues.

In honor of #LaborDay and the #Fightfor15, this week’s chart looks at the share | Read more >

Chart of the Week: #BlackWomensEqualPay

Chart of the Week: #BlackWomensEqualPay

23 Aug 2016 | Angel Ross

As America becomes a majority people-of-color nation, equity—just and fair inclusion—is the key to building strong communities and a strong economy. Understanding the state of equity in your community is critical for developing and making the case for solutions that foster | Read more >

The Challenge of Youth Disconnectedness Among Latinas

The Challenge of Youth Disconnectedness Among Latinas

22 Aug 2016 | Angel Ross

By the end of this decade, the majority of youth under age 18 will be people of color. Their ability to succeed in the labor force will determine the strength of our economy in the decades to come. Yet, data on youth disconnectedness show we are failing the very people we are | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: August Updates

National Equity Atlas: August Updates

22 Aug 2016 | Alexis Stephens

Since the movement to build an equitable economy takes no summer vacation, we’ve been hard at work and are happy to share new features on the Equity Atlas:
 
Gender Data Added to Three Indicators
Racial gaps in health, income, employment, and education between Whites and people of | Read more >

Why U.S.-born Latinos Tend to Fare Better than Immigrant Latinos

Why U.S.-born Latinos Tend to Fare Better than Immigrant Latinos

16 Aug 2016 | Sahelit Bahiru

Second generation immigrants show improved socioeconomic outcomes over their parents. Despite America’s many challenges in creating equitable opportunities, it is a rare bright spot in the nation’s racial and ethnic landscape. New data added to the National Equity Atlas in July | Read more >

Latino Immigrants Face an Uphill Battle to Economic Inclusion

Latino Immigrants Face an Uphill Battle to Economic Inclusion

09 Aug 2016 | Angel Ross

Immigrants have been an integral part of the social, political, and economic fabric of this nation since its inception. But increasingly hostile local, state, and national policies and climates put many immigrants in precarious situations, restricting both their participation and | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: July Update

National Equity Atlas: July Update

25 Jul 2016 | Alexis Stephens

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

It is our goal to make the National Equity Atlas as robust a resource as possible to help you make the case for equity in your community. So we are happy to introduce to you the latest round of Equity Atlas news and updates.
 
New Data on | Read more >
An Overview of America’s Working Poor

An Overview of America’s Working Poor

07 Jul 2016 | Angel Ross

Wage stagnation and the increasing number of people who are working yet still poor are significant challenges of our era. One recent study found that there isn’t a single congressional district in the country where a full-time minimum wage worker could afford a two-bedroom | Read more >

A Closer Look at Black Unemployment Using Ancestry Data

A Closer Look at Black Unemployment Using Ancestry Data

28 Jun 2016 | Sahelit Bahiru

The Black population in the United States historically faced widespread discrimination in the labor market, and studies reveal that employers continue to discriminate on the basis of race. Racial bias as well as other structural and institutional barriers are reflected in the Black | Read more >

New Data on Homeownership by API Subgroups Uncovers Gaps by Ancestry

New Data on Homeownership by API Subgroups Uncovers Gaps by Ancestry

09 Jun 2016 | Abigail Langston

The diverse range of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities in the United States represents many different languages and countries of origin. When these communities are grouped together into a single “Asian or Pacific Islander” (API) category, that aggregated | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: April Update

National Equity Atlas: April Update

02 May 2016 | Sarah Treuhaft

Dear Equity Atlas Users,

Since we launched the Atlas in October 2014, we have wanted to include data that better describes the incredible diversity within broad racial/ethnic groups and challenges the “model minority” myth that impedes action and progress toward racial equity and | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: March Update

National Equity Atlas: March Update

21 Mar 2016 | Rosamaria Carrillo

Dear Equity Atlas users,

It has been an eventful couple of weeks! Since Leap Day, the Atlas has grown by three new indicators, been featured at the White House, and powered new data-driven stories about the economic imperative of equity in The AtlanticGrist, and elsewhere. Here | Read more >

National Equity Atlas: February Update

National Equity Atlas: February Update

18 Feb 2016 | Sarah Treuhaft

Dear Equity Atlas users,

Greetings! Please see below for a round-up of additions to the National Equity Atlas in the last quarter of 2015. 

We also have a favor to ask: If you have been using the Atlas, would you write a short testimonial about what you used it for and what | Read more >

Now on the National Equity Atlas: Median Wages by Gender

Now on the National Equity Atlas: Median Wages by Gender

17 Dec 2015 | Abigail Langston

 

We are excited to introduce new data on the National Equity Atlas: our median wages indicator is now disaggregated by gender as well as race. Here we will describe what the indicator measures, discuss some related national trends, and show you how to get more information on the | Read more >

Merging Data and Story to Win More Equitable Policies

Merging Data and Story to Win More Equitable Policies

21 Sep 2015 | Sarah Treuhaft

Original post on NTEN.org

Compelling facts have always been a key ingredient in winning policy campaigns, and the rise of web technology has opened the floodgates for data that would have been out of reach to all but the most dogged advocates just 20 years ago.

But while we are | Read more >

Want to Create Your Own Local Equity Atlas? Start Here

Want to Create Your Own Local Equity Atlas? Start Here

26 Apr 2015 | Rosamaria Carrillo

Have you explored the National Equity Atlas and want to dig in deeper to understand how access to resources and opportunity is distributed across the neighborhoods in your region? It might be time to start thinking about developing your own local equity atlas. And a new set of | Read more >

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

Meet Our Four Newest Indicators

06 Mar 2015 | Sarah Treuhaft

The National Equity Atlas is a living resource, and we are thrilled to announce the addition of four new indicators to the site:

  • Wages: $15/hr
  • Income inequality: 95/20 ratio
  • Diversity index
  • Contribution to growth: Immigrants
     

Here is a breakdown of each new indicator: 

Wages: | Read more >

Tell the Census to Keep Important Questions on the ACS

Tell the Census to Keep Important Questions on the ACS

04 Dec 2014 | Justin Scoggins

The National Equity Atlas is part of a growing movement toward data-driven decision-making and policy happening in this country—and consistent collection of data by government agencies is a critical foundation for these efforts. But data is almost always on the short-list when it | Read more >

Getting to Equitable Growth in the Heartland Region

Getting to Equitable Growth in the Heartland Region

02 Dec 2014 | Sarah Treuhaft

Nationally, the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro—locally dubbed the Heartland region—stands out for its admirably low unemployment rate. As of September 2014, only 3.6 percent of the region’s residents who are in the labor force were unemployed, compared with 5.7 percent nationally. That | Read more >

Welcome to the National Equity Atlas!

Welcome to the National Equity Atlas!

13 Nov 2014 | Sarah Treuhaft and Jennifer Tran

The Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) are thrilled to share the National Equity Atlas with you!

We built the Atlas as a tool for those who are working to transform America's economy into one that is equitable, | Read more >

3 Ways to Use the National Equity Atlas

3 Ways to Use the National Equity Atlas

27 Oct 2014 | Guest writer Adrian Hopkins at Bureau Blank

Last week, Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and CEO of PolicyLink made a bold statement at a conference organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston: “if people of color don’t become the middle class, there will be no middle class.”

Her statement, grounded in forecasts that | Read more >

Data Inspires Equity-Focused State Policy in Rhode Island

Data Inspires Equity-Focused State Policy in Rhode Island

21 Oct 2014 | J. Mijin Cha and Alex Kowalski

When done right, data can be more than a collection of numbers and statistics: it can uncover a reality that may not be immediately apparent to advocates or decision makers. In Rhode Island, new data on the state's changing demographics sparked policy changes to leverage its | Read more >