Data and Assessment

These dashboards and data systems provide the necessary data and analysis measures to support your ongoing work in the built environment and public health field.

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AARP Livability Index (Upcoming) The AARP Public Policy Institute is developing a web-based tool, the Livability Index, that will incorporate mapping technology, preference survey results, quantitative measures and public policies to assess the livability of communities.  The tool uses nationally available data to measure several essential attributes of livability.  Users enter an address, street name, city or county to get a livability score for that locality. 

CDC Healthy Communities Checklist Toolkit  This toolkit can help planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. Developed in partnership between the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research CenterExternal Web Site Icon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the toolkit is composed of four elements that work together to achieve this goal.

Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. Public access is provided to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities to allow for thorough exploration of community health. The goal of Community Commons is to increase the impact of those working toward healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a program resulting from a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. These health factors provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The Roadmaps provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action.

EPA Community Action for Environmental Public Health Tools  Access a set of tools designed to help you assess the environmental health conditions of a community, organize a community to take action on environmental health issues, find information on potential solutions, evaluate environmental health information and rank risks, and find grants and technical assistance for your community.

Health Components in the LEED Building and Neighborhood Ratings Systems  Health, wellness, and occupant experience are expected outcomes from many green building strategies and health-related intentions are common throughout LEED rating systems. Both the building and neighborhood scales are covered in this report from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Neighborhood Quality of Life and Health Project  The Atlanta Neighborhood Quality of Life and Health (NQOLH) Project represents a multi-attribute Quality of Life and Health data compilation that assesses neighborhood level, place-based amenities and the state of community wellbeing across Atlanta’s neighborhoods. The NQOLH Project measures built environment characteristics, which planners and decision-makers have the ability to impact. This website displays the results of the first series (2006-2010 time frame) of indicators collected on quality of life and health for Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units. The data is grouped into two indexes, the Neighborhood Quality of Life (NQoL) Index and the Neighborhood Health (NH) Index. This project’s purpose is to provide free and open data that allows residents, community groups, planners, and policy-makers to assess community needs and develop data-driven planning strategies. 

An additional index, the Socioeconomic Conditions (SEC) Index, groups NPUs into three categories (High, Medium, Low) by community socioeconomic status, given the wealth of research that shows its influence on both health and quality of life . NPUs are grouped based on data for household incomes, unemployment, educational attainment, and poverty rates. The SEC categories facilitate comparisons among similar socioeconomic communities. Future time series will enable longitudinal comparisons for each NPU.

STAR Community Rating System  The nation's first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. cities and counties. STAR uniquely combines: 1) A framework for sustainability encompassing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of community; 2) A rating system that drives continuous improvement and fosters competition; and 3) An online system that gathers, organizes, analyzes and presents information required to meet sustainability goals.

Urban Land Institute Toolkit for Healthy Development and Communities This research effort, along with the specifics laid out previously in the ULI Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, is intended to define elements of healthy projects and communities. The scale for these efforts will mainly include the neighborhood development level.

Urban Land Institute's Building Healthy Places Toolkit  The toolkit outlines evidence supported opportunities to enhance health through changes in approaches to buildings and projects. Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, and others involved in real estate decision making can use the strategies described in this report to create places that contribute to healthier people and communities and that enhance and preserve value by meeting the growing desire for health-promoting places. 


CDC Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)  is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.

CDC National Health Report Dashboards give an at-a-glance indication of our nation’s public health successes and challenges in recent years. For each indicator, progress was assessed based on year-to-year (trend) data, though only baseline and most current years are reported in dashboards. The related resources listed below each table provide in-depth information and tools to drive further success.  (Related Resource:  CDC National Health Report 2014)

Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS) is a suite of interactive tools used to access the Georgia Department of Public Health's standardized health data repository. The standardized health data repository used by OASIS is currently populated with Vital Statistics, Hospital Discharge, Emergency Room Visit, Arboviral Surveillance, Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), STD, Motor Vehicle Crash, and Population data. OASIS and the Repository are designed, built and maintained by the Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP).

Urban Health Index assesses intra-urban inequalities in health determinants and outcomes, as well as inter-city comparisons. The index measures small-area disparities for numerous indicators and is a collaboration between the WHO Kobe Centre and the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.  


American Housing Survey (AHS) HCDI developed community design questions for the American Housing Survey. AHS is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The survey is the most comprehensive national housing survey in the United States. This survey delivers much needed information about the types of homes in which people are now living and the characteristics of these homes, both nationally and within major metropolitan areas.


Growing Food Connections Policy Database  This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues: rural and urban food production, farmland protection, transfer of development rights, food aggregation and distribution infrastructure, local food purchasing and procurement, healthy food access, food policy councils, food policy coordination, food system metrics, tax reductions and exemptions for food infrastructure, and much more.


Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report  The report compiles data on bicycling and walking levels, active transportation environments, and demographics, safety, funding, policies, infrastructure, education, public health indicators, and economic impacts. Project researchers compile data from all 50 U.S. states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities and, for the first time in this report, 17 mid-sized cities. Since 2003, the Benchmarking Project has been documenting the trends in bicycling and walking in U.S. cities and states, as well as the national level. Alliance researchers compile data from 21 U.S. national sources and conduct surveys with the help of state and local government officials and advocates. Updates are published biennially in this report to measure the progress of bicycling and walking over time.

DOT-CDC Transportation and Health Tool  The Transportation and Health Tool (THT) was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide easy access to data that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems. The tool provides data on a set of transportation and public health indicators for each U.S. state and metropolitan area that describe how the transportation environment affects safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations. You can use the tool to quickly see how your state or metropolitan area compares with others in addressing key transportation and health issues. 

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