Community intelligence creates intelligent communities.
Neighborhood Nexus is an online community information system that provides data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the region’s citizens. The mission of this capacity-building venture is to provide access to data, research and knowledge that creates a data driven decision-making culture in the Atlanta region. Through Neighborhood Nexus, the Community Foundation seeks to support a regional network of information-led leaders and residents, government and businesses, advocates and service providers—supplying them with information, tools and expertise that meet help them meet challenges, develop assets and create opportunity.
How It Works
Neighborhood Nexus is a unique source of data aggregated from national, regional and state resources in one convenient, user-friendly place. Neighborhood Nexus makes vast amounts of data usable through analytic tools that deliver localized insights, geographic comparisons and trends, in turn fostering better decision-making and leadership.
As a community information system, Neighborhood Nexus is an invaluable community resource that uses the latest technology and respected expertise to provide the most accurate, up-to-date data and research about the Atlanta region’s communities and neighborhoods.
- The database houses more than 700 categories of demographic indicators—and is growing
- Data from the U.S. Census cross-references against state and regional information from sources such as the Department of Education, the Department of Public Health and the Atlanta Regional Commission
- Data is aggregated in “quality of life” categories that initially include health, wealth and wisdom (i.e., education) that are relevant to community decision-makers
- Data is accessible to anyone, 24/7, through NeighborhoodNexus.org
- The site provides community analytics through tools such as Weave, as well as mapping that allows the data to be sorted down to the neighborhood (i.e., census track) level
- Neighborhood Nexus allows users to spend time on analytics, rather than on gathering data itself
Project Partners and Advisors
From the beginning, Neighborhood Nexus has been a collaborative project. The Community Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation Atlanta Civic Site and United Way of Greater Atlanta were the original co-conveners and funders. Additional funding sources to date include generous support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, the Knight Foundation, Kaiser Community Benefit, the Zeist Foundation, the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation, LexisNexis and the Tull Charitable Foundation. Primary Primary partners now are the Community Foundation and the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Neighborhood Nexus is led by a volunteer advisory committee made up of both data and community-building experts. Currently advisory board members are:
Bunker Associates LLC
Subhro Guhathakurta, PhD
Center for Geographic Information Systems, School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Georgia Technology Authority
David M. Oliver
Georgia Bankers Association
Dana Rickman, PhD
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Kennesaw State University
Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation