The Flourishing Neighborhood Index can be a powerful tool to discover and enact positive change. It’s an incredible way to measure the health of a neighborhood and indicate what residents are feeling. It’s also a great way to understand which way to go next.
We’re often asked about results from our Flourishing Neighborhood Index. It sounds like a good idea, but folks wonder if it’s worth the effort. If you’re considering whether the Flourishing Neighborhood Index is right for your neighborhood, these insights will be helpful. What can you expect from the Flourishing Neighbor Index?
#1 Clarity on Where to Focus
After you’ve administered the Index, you’ll have lots of usable data to show you the greatest community needs. Once you understand where to go, it’s easier to direct resources to the places they’re needed most.
#2 Solidarity Among Neighbors
Since the FNI uses a survey approach, neighbors feel they have a chance to use their voice. For instance, a recent FNI showed that 75% of neighbors felt that their Parks and Rec department needed help. When people understand that they have the same goal, it’s easier to build unity.
#3 Momentum and a Sense of the Possible
When everyone understands the needs, it’s easier to decide on a goal and move toward solutions. After administering and explaining the results of the FNI, neighbors have language around their goals. It’s easier to move forward.
#4 A Pool of Potential New Partners
The FNI helps identify areas of need in a neighborhood and suggests potential partners to help shore up these areas. This can help neighbors understand a way forward and encourage them to reach out for help.
#5 Neighborhood Pride
The FNI underscores a sense of identity. Neighbors voice their experiences, concerns, and areas of pride. This helps to show that folks are “on the same page” and fosters a feeling of pride in place.
We’d love to talk more about the possibility of using the FNI in your neighborhood. If you’re interested in finding out more, click here.