|Indicators are the building blocks of the equity atlas maps. This page explains indicators and their role within an equity atlas.|
- What is an indicator? An indicator is a tool that measures the existence or condition of something. Indicators can be used to assess current conditions and to track progress towards goals.
- What is the relationship between indicators and data? Indicators are measured using data. The measurements for a given indicator can be based on a single data source or compiled using multiple data sources. In some cases, the available data do not allow us to measure an indicator directly, so a proxy or substitute must be used.
- What role do indicators play in an equity atlas? Equity is a complex concept that encompasses an inter-related web of social, economic, and environmental conditions. We can’t measure equity directly, but we can identify indicators that, taken together, enable us to assess the equity conditions in a particular geographic area. Examples of such indicators include access to economic opportunity, quality education, housing, food, transportation, a healthy environment, services, health care, and other factors essential for meeting basic needs and advancing health and well-being.