The following was released on Tuesday, November 12, 2019:
For the past year, NeighborLink Fort Wayne has been analyzing five Fort Wayne neighborhoods- in order to answer the question: “What makes a healthy neighborhood healthy?” NeighborLink was motivated to do this research as a result of tens of thousands of interactions with neighbors across Fort Wayne neighborhoods since its launch in 2003.
The research illuminated five key indicators of neighborhood health: neighborhood pride, social connectivity, safety, cleanliness & beautification, and collaboration with the city government and other organizations (advocacy). All five indicators were present in all neighborhoods, but to varying degrees . The Community Research Institute(CRI) of Purdue University Fort Wayne also provided an extensive socioeconomic profile of each neighborhood, which enabled each neighborhood to hold a workshop to self-assess their assets, problems, and ideas for improvement in light of their quantitative situation.
CRI compiled all the findings into a comprehensive report. Individualized reports with a summary of findings have been given to all the neighborhoods with the intent that this research will inform future neighborhood initiatives and programs. This concludes Phase 1 of the research project. Phase 2 will be announced in early 2020.
Neighborhoods researched include: Hoagland Masterson, North Highlands, Pettit- Rudisill, West Central and Williams Woodland Park. The research was qualitative and quantitative, attempting to engage residents in multiple ways. This research was facilitated by Community Research Institute of Purdue University Fort Wayne and funded by a Foellinger Foundation Inspire Grant.