Data For Well-being and Equity
Description
WE believe every community should have the data they need to create change–to identify strengths and needs, to collect data that matters to them, and to have access to collective data infrastructure to drive well-being and equity.
Motivation

The saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” strikes at the heart of the importance of data gathering and reporting. The way statistics are specified and gathered can influence the analyses and stories that can be told. WE in the World is at the forefront of including well-being measures in determining the conditions in our communities nationwide and tracking the impact of interventions.

Having a common set of metrics allows researchers and communities to understand the strengths and needs of different populations and places across the country and identify where investments will yield the greatest return.

Moreover, collecting these statistics is costly, and by sharing the data and the expense, more groups may have access to this essential information.

Who Came Together?

The WIN Measurement Cooperative, convened by WE in the World, is a group of data-hungry organizations seeking accurate, timely, and relevant statistics that shape the work of making the world a more equitable place.

The Role of WE in the World

Convener, investor, partner

What Is Changing?

Communities defining community measures of intergenerational well-being and equity that matter to them

Availability of data to communities to drive their own well-being research and action

Support to communities to develop their well-being and equity dashboards and use data to drive improvement

Metrics

  • Number of partners
  • Citations of data sets
  • Adoption of well-being and equity measures in communities
  • Use of well-being and equity data to drive improvement

How We Are Doing It

Approach & Building Blocks

The Well Being In the Nation measures were developed by over 100 organizations and communities working together across sectors to identify and try out measures that mattered to them. This collaborative process of developing measures was facilitated by 100 Million Healthier Lives and supported by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, who created the foundational framework for WIN. A series of listening sessions during 2022 is providing updates to enhance considerations of intergenerational and racial equity.

Listening to communities

Expertise of researchers

Common core and flexible extensions

Key Insights

Key Insight

Well-being was a useful frame in communities across the nation

Key Insight

Systemic measures of racial inequity were often missing

Key Insight

We could find creative ways to collect data that mattered to communities and get it back to them, but supports to use the data mattered.

Key Insight

Communities added valuable insights that substantively shifted measurement priorities and strategies for action

What do data and broken sidewalks have to do with equity?

How data can help cities like Boston make smart, fair investments in public infrastructure.

THE RESOURCES LIBRARY

The WIN Measures is the first set of national measures for improving health, equity, and vital conditions. These measures are applicable across sectors and initiatives.

Part of the RISE project, the Community Report combines COVID vaccination and hesitancy data with well-being data for counties across the US.