Our Work

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Growing evidence shows that neighborhoods are critical to child health and well-being, and neighborhood quality is defined by much more than poverty. Safe housing. Grocery stores. Parks and playing fields. Quality schools. Access to healthcare. A pollution-free environment. These are just some of the neighborhood characteristics that can optimize children’s growth and well-being. 

ICYFP is home to diversitydatakids.org, a data project that provides rigorous, actionable, equity-focused research on issues that affect child well-being.  The U.S. child population is becoming increasingly diverse, racial/ethnic inequities persist, and socioeconomic inequities are widening, making diversitydatakids.org a valuable resource to inform decision-making and increase equity at the local, state and national level. Within diversitydatakids.org are two flagship data projects: 

The Child Opportunity Index (COI) is a composite measure of 29 neighborhood-level indicators related to child well-being across three domains (health, education, and social and economic resources). The COI is available for the 100 largest metropolitan areas and allows users to compare neighborhoods within metros and to compare metros across the nation.

The National Equity Research Database, Boston Edition (NERD Boston) provides the largest single source of socioeconomic indicators for the city of Boston, its census tracts and its 17 neighborhoods. It also includes data for all census tracts, municipalities, and counties in the Boston metro area, the state of Massachusetts, New England and the U.S. as a whole.