MPIP has found that there is a vast wealth of information that is within the reach of people and organizations with access to the internet. However, these resources were often difficult to find. The links below provide a “short cut” to some of the more important sites on the web from which one can obtain a variety of information that might be useful for the development of more specialized indicators of community conditions.
Community Indicators—Basic information about other efforts to develop community indicators
- National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP)
- Community Indicators Consortium: Members include International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)
- International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN)
- National Association of Planning Councils (NAPC)
- Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- National Civic League (NCL)
Regional Information Sources—Good sources of a wide variety of community relevant data and information
- The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) is a good source of information about reinvesting for community revitalization and development, and on efforts to diminish poverty in the region. In particular, they host PolicyMap, an interactive data and mapping program that has been frequently used for assessing community conditions.
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) provides a wide variety of planning and related community, transportation and environmental data sets.
- Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) provides a wide variety of health related data.
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia provides a series of regular reports on the economic health of the region and the nation, as well as a series of links to other resources.
- The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is a major source of information and survey data addressing public issues in the Philadelphia region.
Within Philadelphia, a great amount of information can be obtained from:
- For parcel based and neighborhood information, the University of Pennsylvania’s Cartographic Modeling Laboratory (http://www.cml.upenn.edu).
- For community development plans and data, see the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations website. (pacdc.org).
- For city investments in neighborhoods Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) (www.phila.gov/cityplanning/)
- For land banking efforts, go to the Philadelphia Land Bank (www.phillylanbank.org).
- Selected community investments have been made by the Philadelphia based chapter of LISC (LISCPhilly.com).
- Several different analyses of vacant property and tax delinquency can be found at PlanPhilly (PlanPhilly.com).
Geographic Context—Sites that are important for developing consistent digital definitions of communities and their boundaries, across a wide variety of data sets
- For basic data on community boundaries and related questions, access the U.S. Census.
- For related mapping sources, visit ESRI or their Geography Network.
- For a wide variety of Pennsylvania spatial information visit Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)
- For a wide variety of New Jersey spatial information visit the New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN)