United Way: Common Good Forecaster
Lead Agency: Led by United Way Worldwide and Measure of America in coordination with the U.S. Census Bureau, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation calculations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Atlas of Presidential Elections, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
United Way and the Measure of America joined forces in 2008 because both organizations focus on the building blocks of a good life – a quality education that starts from birth and ultimately leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, good health, and the ability to achieve one’s full potential. Out of this partnership came the Common Good Forecaster™, a scenario planning tool that shows how vital economic and social issues in local communities might change if educational outcomes were better.
The tool also shows comparisons between county, state and national averages.