The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) is the data intelligence team in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (HHS). CIDI’s expertise maximizes the analytical resources of the City of New York through innovative interagency research. CIDI’s direct initiative is to provide data driven insight to areas of need throughout the city and to highlight areas where HHS can have the most effective and efficient outcomes for clients. 

In 2015, the New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) commissioned a Capstone team from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to create a place-based index of socio-economic well-being in NYC communities. Well-being, by definition, is a subjective perception of one’s quality of life. In a city such as New York, with its wealth of diversity and preferences, community well-being can be difficult to capture; nonetheless, certain indicators do indeed correlate with a community’s state of well-being. The research integrated data on a range of indicators that adequately approximate the well-being of New Yorkers within the City’s neighborhoods. The well-being has been an asset to CIDI and the City’s health and human service agencies in demonstrating community well-being and identifying areas of service need. CIDI seeks assistance updating the well-being index so that it can be updated on an annual basis and demonstrate changes in well-being overtime. The Capstone team will be tasked with:

  • Reviewing and refining current indicators of the Index so that they can be updated on an annual basis utilizing publicly available data sources.
  • Documenting the statistical methodology used to create the Well-being Index and develop a methodology to compare its indicators over time.
  • Developing a structure/template that can be utilized to easily update the well-being index on an annual basis.
  • Collecting, geocoding and mapping current well-being indicators by neighborhood.
  • Creating a framework to present the well-being index so it is easily used to compare and understand the state of neighborhoods and to visualize trends over time.