Sarah Burd-Sharps, co-founder and co-director of the American Human Development Project (AHDP), an initiative measuring human well-being in the United States, is guardedly optimistic about the future of this country. PBS’s Need to Know spoke with Burd-Sharps about the AHDP’s most recent report, “A Century Apart: New Measures of Well-being for U.S. Racial and Ethnic Groups.”
The American Human Development Project, based at the SSRC, is dedicated to stimulating fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues that affect people’s well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, a measure that paints a portrait of Americans today and empowers communities with a tool to track progress in health, education, and income.
Upcoming in November 2010: The Measure of America, 2010-2011.