numbers|narratives is a research project exploring how people think and talk about quantitative indicators. During academic year 2012-3, VT research team members Matt Dull, Beth Offenbacker, and Fatima Sharif are conducting a series of small group discussions about community indicators in Alexandria. Interested in joining the conversation? Check out this Flyer
Are you interested in discussing how to measure important community issues facing Alexandria, VA? If you live or work in Alexandria, we want you to join a discussion that is part of a Virginia Tech research project on how people discuss the issues facing their community. This discussion will help participants to be better informed about the community and the researchers to learn the stories behind community indicators. For more information, please contact Fatima Sharif at firstname.lastname@example.org.
numbers|narratives builds on a multi-year effort by Virginia Tech students and faculty with the Center for Public Administration and Policy, the City of Alexandria, and local nonprofit organizations to develop community indicators measuring quality of life and well-being in the Alexandria community. The Alexandria Community Indicators initiative draws inspiration from a wide range of local and national efforts to measure and address pressing community issues, including the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, the State of the USA, and Virginia Performs. The idea that quantitative community indicators will enlighten public thinking runs deep in the history of civic reform. A hundred years ago, the advocates of social welfare reform at Jane Addams’ Hull House carefully mapped Chicago’s south side neighborhoods in very much the same spirit. Read about the Hull House maps here, here, and here.
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