What is Metrics for Healthy Communities?

Designed with cross-sector collaboration in mind, Metrics for Healthy Communities is a site to get you started in planning for and measuring the impact of initiatives funded and developed to improve community health and well-being.

This site can help you evaluate community health improvement initiatives, especially cross-sector initiatives. You'll find tools to help define goals, identify appropriate measures to inform progress over time, and use available data. This site can serve as a resource for measuring the impacts of community development and health initiatives.

About this site

Read more about the purpose of this site and what it offers.


Search an activity or intended outcome to quickly find which cross-sector logic models apply to your work.

Logic models

Find logic models for cross-sector initiatives intended to improve community health. Logic models can help you identify outputs, outcomes, and metrics.


Developed by Wilder Research of St. Paul, MN and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, this site offers measures, data sources, and logic models for community development and health organizations working together to improve social determinants of health. Find more than 150 impact measures for common types of community health improvement projects—from supportive housing, to fresh produce access, to childcare centers. Work at your own pace; the site contains resources for beginners and for experts. Use Metrics for Healthy Communities to build a logic model for your initiative, get data on community conditions, or simply gain a better understanding of how your activities can lead to better health and economic prosperity.

Development of this site was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Public access is made possible by a partnership with the Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI). You'll find Metrics for Healthy Communities featured in BHPN's newest resource — MeasureUp — a microsite of resources and tools to help you measure and describe your programs' impact on families and communities and on factors related to health.