The State of the USA represents a strategic investment in the underpinnings necessary for a 21st century civic dialogue and policy process where collective accountability for results is the norm rather than the exception.

Judith Rodin President of the Rockefeller Foundation
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To assure that stakeholders and contributors gain significant value from working to implement a Key National Indicator System (KNIS), the model adopted by The State of the USA (SUSA) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is based on a collaborative process. Various contributors have helped prepare for implementation through prototyping and testing scalable process and website implementations. Advocacy organizations, public leaders and civic groups play an important role in framing issues and aspirations for the American public. In framing issues as well as choosing measures and data, the NAS takes the lead role, while civic engagement organizations, researchers and institutes assist in laying the groundwork.  In sourcing the data, official government statistical agencies and private sector providers work in concert with web production staff. Creation of contextual content for issues and measures is a result of working with education providers, publishers, experts, scientists and academic institutions. Technology providers contribute to the design, implementation and enhancement of the website and SUSA's distributed publishing strategy. Vital leadership from the policy, statistical, technical, media and scientific communities add to the evolution of SUSA as an institution as formal implementation of a Key National Indicator System begins with the National Academy of Sciences.

The intention of the operations supporting a Key National Indicator System is to help integrate, expose and extend core competencies of a nationwide group of stakeholders,. For example, existing data is leveraged to reach larger audiences, in new ways, with greater impact. It is the combination of these critical relationships that will build an ever broader constituency for high-quality statistical data and evidence-based decision making. Below is a sampling of contributing organizations:

Statistical Data Providers

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Employee Benefit Research Institute

Energy Information Agency

Environmental Protection Agency

National Center for Educational Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Opinion Research Center

Office of Management and Budget

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

U.S. Federal Reserve

U.S. Geological Survey


Key Indicator Systems

Boston Indicators Project

Community Indicators Consortium

Healthy People 2010

Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

National Neighborhood Indicators Project

Oregon Progress Board

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Pittsburgh Today

Virginia Performs

The Heinz Center


Scientific and Technical Advisers


Committee of Concerned Journalists

The Commonwealth Fund


National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Public Administration

National Opinion Research Center

Sun Microsystems (Oracle)

University of Maryland Human Computer Interaction Lab

University of Michigan Institute for Survey Research



Definitive Logic

Threespot Media

Velir Studios



Council of State Governments

Government Accountability Office

National Association of Counties

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

National League of Cities

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

U.S. Federal Government

United Nations



Adobe Flash


Google Gadgets

Many Eyes


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