• About the Project

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Indicator?
Indicators are a way to measure progress on economic and social goals. Indicators describe observed societal problems or assets and help represent a normative stance on related issues.

How does the Boston Indicators Project collect its data?
The Boston Indicators Project does not collect any of its data first-hand.  It draws from data providers such as the U.S. Census and works with city agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations to analyze existing data-sets.  Every data-set and visualization on this website is credited with the appropriate source(s).

I cannot find the data I am looking for on your site.  Where can I locate it?
If you do not see the data you are looking for on our site, check out the MetroBoston DataCommon.

How often do you update the data on this site?
We try to update our data as often as possible, but given the timely process of obtaining, cleaning and loading data sets, there can be a lag time.  Let us know if you see something that is not up to date. 

I have an idea for a new indicator and/or data I want to share through your site. How can I do this?
We would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us about your idea and/or data at bostonindicatorspoject@tbf.org. 

Can I download the raw data and/or visualizations found on this website?
Yes.  If you right-click any Weave visualization on the site, you can save the data from it as a CSV file.

Who uses your data?
Non-profit organizations, program officers at foundations, city agencies, students, and practitioners all use our data to tell important stories that will inform future policies and development in Boston.  If you have used our data and analysis in your work, we want to know!  Please share your story by e-mailing us at bostonindicatorspoject@tbf.org.