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Karennan Carty

“Congratulations and thank you for doing such significant work. I am not sure if others have described it as patriotic, but to me, that seems the most fitting adjective.  As the data so clearly demonstrate, we have our work cut out for us if everyone is to realize the promise of America.  Fortunately, your work has the potential to spark a constructive national conversation and chart a course for positive change.”

— Karenann Carty, Ed.D., Dean of Academics at Monroe College


Denise Spooner

“Thanks to all of you at Measure of America.  This is such an excellent analysis of the people of California.  I’m certain it will initiate a great deal of discussion in my class.”

—  Denise Spooner, Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton, and Co-editor of H-California 


Denis Johnson

“The two issues of The Measure of America are an impressive demonstration of the improvements that have occurred in both the quantity and quality of data relating to the well-being of the population of this country…Your reports should serve as a basic resource for courses on American society in both our senior high schools and universities.”  

— Denis Johnson

David Erikson

We’re very impressed with your work and we are looking at it closely to see how we might do a better job of setting what we call the ‘performance context’ for banks to measure their lending to low-income areas.”

— David Erickson, PhD, Manager, Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Association of American University Presses

Rated an Outstanding Title by the Association of American University Presses:

“This book, with its well-written narratives and understandable graphics, is a clear concise picture of our communities. Useful for a variety of research purposes, this holistic look at the country should be required reading for the current administration and public policy makers.”

—Karen Pangallo, American Association of School Librarians. 

“I highly recommend this book for all public libraries.”

— Tina Maria Beaird, Public Libraries Association

Boston Review

“If politics is more like trench warfare and scholars are the ammunition mules, then Measure provides a great deal of firepower. It especially arms progressives with more arguments, evidence, data, and numbers—many, many numbers—to challenge the worldview that adding dollars to the GDP is a sufficient public agenda.”

— Claude S. Fischer, Boston Review (November/December 2008).

Connecticut Department of Higher Education

“I am usually the skeptic on web tools for public policy purposes, but the new Common Good Forecaster is superb on both the substantive and ‘look-and-feel’ fronts.”

— Michael P. Meotti, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Higher Education

New England Journal of Medicine

“This book is strongly recommended for those who want to know how people are doing in the United States. This question seems especially relevant now because the effect of the financial  crisis on Americans is being felt through rising levels of unemployment, increased household debt, and reduced personal assets, as well as lost health insurance — a drama that is likely to broaden and deepen existing inequalities.”

— New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 360 (2009)


#1 of our Favorite Books of 2008” — The Globalist

Jeffrey Sachs

I brought along a book which I’m going to recommend to everybody – it’s a very well done study by a project called the American Human Development Project…And it’s something that I think you’ll find handy…to help place your state or your community in a national context.”

— Jeffrey Sachs, Summit to Realize the Dream, October 22, 2008