Sample Menu of Indicators for Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

This is the sample menu of indicators used during stakeholder engagement for Regional Equity Atlas 2.0. It was developed after many months of research and planning (see chapter 4 for more information). It illustrates the kind of menu that can be useful as a starting point for gathering stakeholder input, but it is not intended to be used as a template. Every equity atlas project’s menu of potential indicators should be carefully tailored to reflect the unique goals, priorities, and context of that particular project.

The final indicator list for Equity Atlas 2.0 is quite different than this starting point menu, demonstrating the impact of stakeholder input on the indicator selection process. That list may also be useful as a resource for creating a menu of options.

Access and Outcome Indicators

Issue                                                                      Indicator Potential Measurement
Access to Quality Education Teacher Qualifications Teacher education and experience                 
Class Size Ratio of students to classroom teachers

Instructional Opportunity

# of instructional hours per year, availability of course offerings
Cultural Competency School discipline policies, teacher diversity compared to students 
Proximity of School Walkable distance to public elementary school
Access to Early Childhood Education Availability of Head Start and other early childhood education
Education Outcomes
  • Test scores
  • First grade literacy
  • Graduation rates
Access to Economic Opportunity Proximity to Accessible Jobs # jobs within 5 miles appropriate for workers with associate’s degree or below
Proximity to Available Jobs Ratio of accessible jobs to total households earning < $50,000 per year in a 5 mile radius
Transit Access to Jobs Accessibility of low skill jobs by transit at different times of day
Access to Living Wage Jobs Location of living wage jobs by job type
Job Creation Growth in jobs by type and pay
Economic Opportunity Outcomes
  • Employment rate
  • Household income data
Access to Quality, Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Distribution of market rate and subsidized housing units available to households at various income levels
Quality Housing Rate of health and building code violations, overcrowding
Fair Housing Fair housing complaints, loan denials by race and income, etc. 
Accessible Housing Housing accessible to those with physical disabilities or mobility limitations
Regulatory Access Regulations that support affordable, quality, fair, and accessible housing
Financial Access Distribution of mainstream vs. sub-prime, high interest rate loans
Housing Outcomes
  • Homeownership rate/ minority homeownership gap
  • Housing (+transportation) cost burden 
  • Foreclosure rate
Access to a Healthy Environment Air Quality Proximity to sources of air pollution; estimated total respiratory risk from air toxins
Compromised Environments Proximity to toxic waste, brownfield, and superfund sites
Green Infrastructure Density of tree canopy, proximity to green streets, acres of natural habitat per capita
Climate Change Geographic areas most vulnerable to impacts of climate change
Environment Outcomes
  • Asthma rates
  • Physically unhealthy days
Access to Parks & Natural Areas Proximity to Parks Walking distance to publicly accessible park or greenspace
Proximity to Nature Proximity to Natural Areas
Greenspace Quality Quality of greenspace and whether it is usable recreation space
Recreation Proximity to public recreational facilities in parks (playgrounds, skate parks, etc.)
Parks and Natural Areas Outcomes
  • Obesity rate
  • Physical Activity
Access to Food Proximity to Food Proximity to grocery stores, produce markets, and farmers markets
Affordable Food % of retail food establishments and farmers markets that accept food stamps
Fresh Food Proximity to community gardens, farmers markets, CSA sites
Supplemental Nutrition Proximity to food pantries, meal programs, summer food program sites, etc.
Food Outcomes
  • Healthy eating
  • Food security
Access to Transportation Access to Transit Walking distance to nearest transit stop and frequency of service
Proximity to Transportation Distance to major freeways and transportation hubs
Walkability Sidewalk coverage; pedestrian safety
Bikability Ratio of miles of bike lanes to miles of road; proximity to bike lanes; bike safety
Transportation Outcomes
  • % of income spent on transportation 
  • Commuting patterns
Access to Services and Amenities Public Services Proximity to libraries, fire stations, community centers, government offices
Human and Social Services Proximity to social services, senior and youth services, childcare
Retail Services Proximity to hardware stores, pharmacies, Laundromats, etc.
Financial Services Proximity to banks, financial institutions, credit unions
Neighborhood Amenities Proximity to coffee shops, bookstores, bike shops, restaurants, etc.
Medical Facilities Proximity to health clinics, hospitals, primary care physicians
Health Care Proximity to primary care providers that accept Medicaid and Medicare, locations of health clinics, access to preventive health care
Service Outcomes
  • Levels of need -- and unmet need -- for various types of services 
  • Lack of health care/ preventive care
Access to Democratic Participation Accessibility of Decision-making Proximity to government offices, public hearings, etc. 
Public Involvement Opportunities Does jurisdiction have a supported structure for public involvement?
Community Capacity Presence and capacity of neighborhood organizations
Government Responsiveness Do government agencies have policies and procedures for incorporating input?
Democratic Participation Outcomes
  • Voter registration rates/ voting rates
  • Volunteerism
  • Diversity of participants
  • Diversity of leadership
Access to Livability  Safety and Security Crime rate, perceptions of safety
Sense of Community Neighborhood block party permits, active neighborhood associations, etc.
20-minute Neighborhood 20-minute neighborhood scores
Racial Integration Racial and ethnic integration of neighborhood
Livability Outcomes
  • Residents’ ratings of their neighborhood’s livability


Population Indicators

Issue Indicator Potential Measurement
Demographic Indicators Income American Community Survey Data
Race/Ethnicity Census 2010 Data
Age Census 2010 Data
Gender Census 2010 Data
Disabilities American Community Survey Data
Housing Tenure (Rent vs. Own) Census 2010 Data
Immigrants American Community Survey Data
Risk Factors / Vulnerable Populations               Households with Low-Incomes Households below poverty line and at or below 80% MFI, 60% MFI, and 30% MFI                                               
Children with Low-Incomes % of students eligible for free and reduced lunch; poverty rates of children
Populations of Color % non-white
Seniors % seniors
Youth % youth
Low Educational Attainment % without high school diploma
Persons with Disabilities % with disability
Non-English Speakers % households where English is not the primary language spoken at home
Immigrants % foreign born, % recent immigrants


Health Outcomes

Issue Indicator Potential Measurements
Asthma / COPD Rates Access to a Healthy Environment Data on disease incidence rates from health plan administrative claims                                                                           
Access to Parks and Natural Areas
Access to Quality Housing
Access to Health Care
Diabetes Rates Access to Food Data on disease incidence rates from health plan administrative claims
Access to Parks and Natural Areas
Access to Transportation
Access to Health Care
Cardiovascular Disease Rates                               Access to Healthy Environment Data on disease incidence rates from health plan administrative claims
Access to Parks and Natural Areas
Access to Food
Access to Health Care