The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (known as BNIA-JFI) is an organization supported by diverse groups committed to promoting, supporting, and helping people make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods.
BNIA-JFI builds on and coordinates the related work of citywide nonprofit organizations, city and state government agencies, neighborhoods, foundations, businesses, and universities to support and strengthen the principle and practice of well informed decision making for change toward strong neighborhoods, improved quality of life, and a thriving city.
BNIA-JFI is also a partner member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership of the Urban Institute (NNIP). NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and nearly 40 local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.
Download a .pdf brochure about BNIA-JFI and Vital Signs.
BNIA-JFI's Steering Committee facilitated the development of the Vital Signs, and continues to provide valued assistance and guidance in the operation of BNIA-JFI.
The following groups are currently part of the BNIA-JFI Steering Committee:
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore City Department of Planning
Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative
Citizens Planning and Housing Association
Associated Black Charities of Maryland
Jacob France Institute
Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Policy Studies
Morgan State University
Baltimore City Public Schools
Baltimore City Office of the Mayor
University of Maryland, College Park – Urban Studies and Planning Program
University of Baltimore
Family League of Baltimore City
Community Law Clinic
United Way of Central Maryland
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Baltimore City Office of Neighborhoods
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore Development Corporation
Southeast Community Development Corporation
Maryland Small Business Development Center
Blue Water Baltimore
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
Garwyn Oaks-Northwest Housing Resource Center
For more information, please feel free to contact BNIA-JFI at email@example.com or 410-837-4377 (Cheryl Knott, GIS Analyst).