Valuing lived experience by amplifying underheard voices and pushing beyond the limitations of institutionally collected data

NSR helps collect community feedback via surveys, interviews, and small group discussions where people are asked about the present (strengths, challenges) and future (hopes, fears, expectations) of their community.  Driving forces and priorities are identified by coding responses by the Sustainable Development Goals, Community Capitals (natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, built). and sentiment (positive, negative). This more nuanced view of issues and places helps to get beyond the numbers and re-center people in the process of civic democracy. We feel that contextual expertise should be equally – if not more – important as institutionally collected data sets when assessing investment opportunity, risk, and need.

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The Community Voice qualitative data model offers insight into lived experiences around community issues. Driving forces highlighted below are based upon the analyzed survey responses.