Community Power

An organized and engaged community that acts together through democratic structures to set agendas, shift public narratives, and cultivate relationships of mutual accountability with governmental decision-makers.

The ability for residents to see their recommendations implemented, and to direct government investments and programmatic and policy decisions. These indicators track the longer-term impact of MAP’s work in supporting the development of community power.

Base Building

Base building describes activities meant to engage and expand participation and strengthen relationships. These indicators measure participation across MAP activities that engage residents in participatory processes and events.

NIS Measuring Community Safety in NYC

Look beyond Crime. Explore Community Safety Within 15 NYC Neighborhoods.

The NYC Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) Neighborhood Navigator contextualizes safety by looking beyond crime metrics as the sole indicator of safe communities. Safety is Multidimensional.

ONS Neighborhood Navigator

How residents talk about Community Power 

Given that this project seeks to measure safety in NYC, we explore community power in the context of the NYC government’s existing safety programming. Residents spoke of community power as a primary driver of community safety, and so we developed an evaluation framework for safety programming with community power as the primary target.

How do residents feel about Community Power?


[Safe Lab Chart]

SAFElab Social Media Tool


Q: Is this data available?
A: All the data provided in the data explorer can be downloaded from the NYC Open Data Portal. All of the other data included as samples or recommended for data collection can be sourced from the NIS report but is not readily available.

Q: What are some actionable steps as a NYC resident?
A: First, we encourage you to review the NIS Safety and Metrics report. Second, encourage the relevant NYC agencies to improve data collection efforts, quality, frequency, and granularity. Third, hold government accountable around safety by pushing accountability across all agencies – every agency discussed has some role to play in co-producing safe and thriving communities.

Q: Who should I contact if I see errors or concerns in the data explorer?
A: Please email with the subject “ONS Neighborhood Navigator Issue.” Someone from our team will get back to you 🙂

Q: When will the social media data be made available?
A: The SAFE Lab Social media tool is currently under research and development but will be made available in 2022. To keep up to date, please revisit this site for more information.


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