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A new, multi-dimensional measure of human needs based on objective data from a nonprofit on the frontlines of providing social services was announced by The Salvation Army and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. With more than 45 million Americans living in poverty, according to government measures, the Human Needs Index will serve as a powerful tool to track basic human need with different indicators and less lag time than conventional government data.
Poverty is among the most complex issues facing society. The Human Needs Index reflects that complexity by providing a better understanding of the multiple facets of need confronting poor individuals and families,” said Dr. Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school. “Its sensitivity to changes in need based on actual service provider data offers insights into trends and patterns that can help inform decision making and the broader societal discussion about alleviating poverty.