Newly Released Interactive Map Puts Vital Community Data at Users’ Fingertips

The Nebraska Community Opportunity Map gives policymakers, media, and other leaders access to community data associated with strong families and communities 

A free, interactive tool, the Nebraska Community Opportunity Map, is now live, ensuring that policymakers and other stakeholders will have centralized, easy-to-navigate access to data that’s vital to making decisions about resource allocation, service delivery, emergency planning, city planning, and other critical functions. 

The Nebraska Community Opportunity Map leverages and expands the national Community Opportunity Map, developed by Community Attributes Inc. and customized for Casey Family Programs. As such, Casey Family Programs and Community Attributes, Inc. have also played a critical role in realizing the concept envisioned by a Nebraska-based collaborative workgroup. Nebraska has expanded its data set beyond solely data from the United States Census, and add additional functionalities, such as the ability to select data for a specified county or counties, or specific administrative regions. 

What are the key indicators to child and family well-being throughout all 93 Nebraskan counties? What’s the high school graduation rate in Lancaster County? What’s the percentage of children in single-parent households? What about in comparison with Sarpy? Or Boone? Now this data is at your fingertips.

The Child and Family Well-Being Indicators (county level only) available on the Nebraska map are: work hours/week to rent a 2-bedroom home, children in single parent households, teen births, high school graduation rate, juvenile arrests, proficient in English Language Arts, children below poverty level, children in out-of-home care, child abuse/neglect reports, and infant deaths. 

The Healthy Community Indicators/Demographic Characteristics (ACS) available on the map are: vacant Housing, Housing Cost Burden, Resident Turnover, Single Mother Families, Child to Adult Ratio, People 65 and Over, Unemployment Rate, Adults with High School Diploma/GED, Poverty Rate, Population, Racial/Ethnic Heterogeneity. 

The Nebraska Community Opportunity Map is the result of a year-long, collaborative effort among data experts representing Boys Town; Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; Foster Care Review Office; Nebraska Children and Families Foundation; Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Nebraska Court Improvement Project; Nebraska Department of Education; Schmeeckle Research; University of Nebraska, Center for Public Affairs Research; and Voices for Children. 

The Nebraska Opportunity Map can be viewed and utilized at NEOpportunityMap.org

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.

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