Overcoming Barriers in the Key National Indicators Initiative

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by Kristi Laguzza-Boosman

Type: Report [title]
Published February, 2007
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Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to design a multi-sector collaboration project that can
move the Key National Indicators Initiative (KNII) to the next level of success. KNII is a project currently under the auspices of The National Academies. The primary barriers I have uncovered in my research are: Funding, indicator selections and dissemination of KNII information. These were the topics most frequently cited as areas of concern by members of KNII’s Steering Committee and National Coordinating Committee, when being interviewed for this project. Each barrier has its own chapter that will include key collaborators, their roles, motivations, and the specific processes used.
Note: Although the organizations and individuals I will be describing are all real and involved in KNII, this paper is a purely academic exercise on how I would like KNII to proceed; not a description of what is or will be happening with this initiative. I have undertaken this project as I consider KNII extremely important to the restoration of fairness and democracy to our nation. I hope it may be of some use.
NOTE: Since first writing this paper, the Key National Indicators Initiative has been renamed, The State of the USA (SOUSA). The interactive SOUSA web site is tentatively scheduled to launch in early/mid 2009. It can be located at http://www.stateoftheusa.org .