From 2011 to 2013, in conjunction with database development for CultureBlocks.com, SIAP led a research collaboration with The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) that featured development of a multidimensional index of social wellbeing for the city of Philadelphia. This report presents the results of that collaboration. Chapter #1 documents construction of a neighborhood-based social wellbeing index for the city. Chapter #2 uses the social wellbeing index to analyze patterns of advantage and disadvantage in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Chapter #3 draws on SIAP's historical data to examine changes in Philadelphia's cultural ecology between 1997 and 2012. The summary highlights how the new policy tool helps conceptualize and measure culture as a dimension of social wellbeing and contributor to equitable communities.
Date Posted: 28 April 2017