These Community Vital Signs are inspired by collaborative work done by Social Progress Imperative; a global nonprofit supporting cities, regions, and nations in the transition to inclusive growth models, and the City of San José to develop a tool to help catalyze and facilitate community discussions on how to improve their communities. more...
The Social Progress Index asks universally important questions about the success of society that measures of economic progress cannot alone address. The Index helps answer those questions with verifiable, credible, and contextually relevant indicators. It integrates a multitude of local, state, and federal data sources using the Social Progress Index methodology to develop a better understanding of a community.
For more information on customizing Community Vital Signs for your community, contact Michael Saunders.
High_School_EducationPopulation without high school education (% of pop. ages 18-24 without high school diploma or equivalent) - Percent of population aged 18-24 without high school diploma or equivalent
PreschoolPreschool Enrollment (% of 3 & 4 year olds) - Percentage of three and four year olds enrolled in school
DiabetesDiabetes Prevalence (% of adults) - Percentage of adults aged 20 and above with diagnosed diabetes.
ObesityObesity Prevalence (% of adults) - Percentage of adults that report a BMI of 30 or more.
Mental_HealthPoor Mental Health Days - The average number of days a tract's adult respondents report that their mental health was not good, based on the survey question: "Thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?"
One of the most significant challenges to social entrepreneurship and innovation is ensuring a diversity of approaches and participants in the movement. To truly deliver meaningful social change the leaders of the effort must share perspectives of the challenges faced by communities across the U.S. that can most appropriately come from members of those communities. Ashoka, through its All America initiative seeks to increase the diversity of social entrepreneurship practitioners.