PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink spotlights promising practices, supports advocacy campaigns and helps to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state and national levels. Among its approaches is equitable development, which is grounded in four principles: the integration of people and place; reduction of local and regional disparities; promotion of “double bottom line” investments; and ensuring meaningful voice, participation and leadership from community members. This framework is used to promote a range of economic and social issues, including achieving the fair distribution of affordable housing throughout regions, equity in public investment, and community strategies to improve health.
This guide reviews effective community mapping and indicator projects, identifies key data sources to guide community interventions and shows the role of mapping in community education and organizing.
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