About Us

Measuring Communities is an online social indicators project designed to strengthen community efforts to support military and veteran families. Our approach is linked to the Community Blueprint, which military and community experts developed to define key elements communities need to support military-connected families.


Measuring Communities can propel community action, track progress and sustain attention to military and veteran family issues. Specific ways we are doing this include:


The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University conducts research on issues that affect military and veteran families. We also work to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being. Founded in 2000, MFRI envisions a diverse support community that understands the most pressing needs of military and veteran families. To achieve this, MFRI collaborates to create meaningful solutions for them. This internationally-recognized organization is located at Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.


The mission of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Founded in 2005, the Center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions. As such, the four goals of the PCRD align with major contributors to healthy and sustainable regions.