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An Index for Quality of Life Timothy M. Bray The J. McDonald Williams Institute.

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1 An Index for Quality of Life Timothy M. Bray The J. McDonald Williams Institute

2 What is Wholeness? In a whole city, every neighborhood offers residents an equal quality of life. “Every neighborhood is a neighborhood of choice.” Disparity is the opposite of wholeness…

3 Why Does Wholeness Matter? Economic Impact Social Justice

4 What is the Wholeness Index™ Measures disparity, not performance Replicable annually and across cities Incorporates 12 quality-of-life indicators in 3 domains o Economic opportunity o Self-sufficiency o Civic engagement Computes wholeness on a scale of 1 to 100 for each indicator and all of them combined Makes data more useful by displaying them spatially

5 2006 Wholeness Scores for Dallas

6 2006 Wholeness Composite Maps

7 SOME PRELIMINARY 2007 FINDINGS “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

8 Crime

9 Voter Turnout

10 Graduation Rates

11 Middle Class Housing

12 What’s Next? ReplicationValidationBenchmarking

13 TRANSLATING INFORMATION TO CHANGE “Challenging perspectives… Changing lives.”

14 A “4 Front” Approach Real Change AcademiaGovernmentBusinessResidents

15 A Venue for Change…

16 For More Information… Timothy M. Bray (469) (v) (469) (f)


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