The Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project (NIP) is a tracking system designed to follow neighborhoods' wellness over time. Data has been collected since 2008 and can be used to identify trends. The NIP aims to support better understanding of the changes within Madison neighborhoods. The use of the indicators along with local knowledge and other informational resources can help all Madison neighborhoods thrive.
Topics in the NIP, 2020 Edition
The NIP annually measures 56 variables organized within seven topics:
The NIP can be used by anyone, including community-based organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, the business community, and governmental officials and staff.
Example Uses for the NIP
comparing neighborhood wellness by specific indicators
comparing neighborhood changes over time
helping neighborhood organizations build capacity
The current roster of indicators was developed with guidance from City and community leaders. Input from users continues to help us to refine and improve the data and tools. The NIP coordinators welcome your feedback! Please use our feedback form or contact us directly.
Sensitive data items have been suppressed for some geographic areas to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information.
NIP data sets are provided by the UW Applied Population Laboratory (APL) for informational purposes. The Applied Population Laboratory expressly disclaims the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of any data and shall not be liable for any errors, omissions or other defects in, delays or interruptions in such data, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon. Neither the APL nor any of its data providers will be liable for any damages relating to use of the data provided herein.
Help and FAQs
PDF overview reports are available for each edition year starting with the 2017 edition.
The Madison Planning Division staff analyzed NIP data to produce a deeper exploratory analysis of several of the indicators at the Plan District scale. The 2018 Health of Madison Neighborhoods Report provides a summary of that work.
For older reports (2016 edition and earlier), please see the reports archive.
Datasets are provided in CSV format along with metadata in a zipped file.
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These reports are from older versions of the Neighborhood Indicators Project (2016 edition and earlier). For newer reports, please see Downloads.
Each report has a data dictionary and two appendices: Appendix C includes citywide maps for each variable, and Appendix D includes reports for each individual Plan District and Neighborhood Association.