New Website: Common Good Forecaster

Posted by on June 2, 2009

Web tool shows impact of improving education

The American Human Development Project and United Way have announced the launch of their Common Good Forecaster™, a Web-based tool that illustrates the ripple effect that education and graduation rates have on human well-being across a variety of indicators.

The Common Good Forecaster corroborates that investment in education has the potential to dramatically improve human well-being in terms of life expectancy, civic involvement, obesity, crime rates, and multiple other factors.

Created to show how things could change in a community if more people were to graduate from high school and college, the Common Good Forecaster enables the user to forecast a community’s well-being based on the singular component of education.

Starting with a community’s current level of educational attainment, the tool shows life expectancy, children’s’ reading proficiency, median personal earnings, and the rates of low birth weight, obesity, murder, unemployment, poverty, incarceration, and voting.

When the user changes the level of educational attainment, one can see how these important economic, social, and political variables would change.

To learn more, click here.

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