Breathing Life into Numbers: Introducing a Human Index for Funders

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 -
8:45am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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By using data to create compelling narratives, the American Human Development Project Index has helped garner support for people-centered policies.  This easy-to-use, yet methodologically sound tool is an alternative to GDP and other money metrics.  It reflects the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America by bringing together health, education, and earnings indicators into a single number.
Join American Human Development Project Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, and those with a keen interest in using the Index to address the challenges facing ordinary Americans, as we examine a new way to understand well-being and access to opportunity in America today.


  • How the Index can be utilized to gain a better understanding of the root causes of socio-economic disparities.
  • How opportunity is distributed in America and which groups are surging ahead while others face the greatest risks.
  • What tangible steps can be taken, in today's tight fiscal climate, to build an infrastructure of opportunity that serves a new generation of Americans.
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council.



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