Rankings Offer Quick Assessments: Benchmarks Provide Action Guides for Cities and States

Services: Analytical studies, Program evaluation, Strategic planning

Research Area: Economic Development

This analysis is part of an ongoing Center study to compare Indianapolis with eight other regions. We present a number of rankings and indicators for Indiana and the Indianapolis MSA, and for the eight other regions and the six states in which these regions are located.We examine how rankings are created and explain why they sometimes receive too much attention. We discuss benchmarks and why they are more useful than rankings for improving Indiana.


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John Kirlin
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