City examines ways to improve community’s well-being
The “City Goal Results Minneapolis” program offers 30 community indicators to gauge how well the City and its residents are doing by measuring specific focus areas. New results-oriented roundtable discussions springing from these measures began with one that looked at child and infant disparities.
A variety of data (e.g., poverty, race, housing, unemployment) provide a multifaceted analysis of two child and infant disparities:
- Infant mortality rates have decreased in the last 20 years.
- Much of the decrease is due to help around pregnancy, newborn care and infant care.
- Some risk factors related to infant mortality are influenced well before a woman is even pregnant.
- The City plays an important role in preventing infant mortality.
Third grade reading proficiency
- An achievement gap exists between races.
- Third grade classes in Minneapolis are segregated.
- Stability is important for student achievement.
- There are investments to promote stability in geographic areas with the lowest proficiency.
The roundtable discussion focused on the importance of stability and the actions the City and its partners can make to improve family stability. The City will follow up on how data sharing among partners could support children and families. It will also help remove unintended consequences of granting guidelines for nonprofit grantees working with children and families; for example, programs geared toward single mothers can inadvertently push fathers out of their children’s lives.
The City Goal Results Minneapolis program connects City work and community priorities, as measured by the City’s community indicators adopted in September. Reports on all the indicators will be covered over the course of two years. The process blends a variety of data sources and analysis from City departments and community stakeholders. Contributors to the child and infant disparities reports included: the Minneapolis Health Department, Community Planning and Economic Development, Police Department, and Regulatory Services; and partners Minnesota Department of Education, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Generation Next.
You can find these and future reports at www.minneapolismn.gov/citygoalresults.
Published Dec 15, 2015