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Breathing Life into Numbers: Introducing a Human Index for Funders

Date: 4/10/2012
Time: 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC

By using data to create compelling narratives, the American Human Development Project Index has helped garner support for people-centered policies.  This easy-to-use, yet methodologically sound tool is an alternative to GDP and other money metrics.  It reflects the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America by bringing together health, education, and earnings indicators into a single number.

Join American Human Development Project Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, and those with a keen interest in using the Index to address the challenges facing ordinary Americans, as we examine a new way to understand well-being and access to opportunity in America today.



  • How the Index can be utilized to gain a better understanding of the root causes of socio-economic disparities.
  • How opportunity is distributed in America and which groups are surging ahead while others face the greatest risks.
  • What tangible steps can be taken, in today's tight fiscal climate, to build an infrastructure of opportunity that serves a new generation of Americans.


A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council.




Designed for

All interested funders.

8:45 - 8:55 AM     Check-in & Coffee
9:00 - 11:00 AM     Program



Registration is required by April 5th. No fee for members.  

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click on the link above (visible through April 5th).

Non-members: Please email A staff member will contact you regarding payment for a $100 fee.

Please contact with questions.


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