The Providence Plan, a comprehensive program created in 1992 to fight the causes of poverty in Providence, is an important part of the Taubman Center’s past and present. A former Center professor served as the first executive director of ProvPlan and its current executive director, Patrick McGuigan, is a adjunct lecturer. The Taubman Center contributed to the Plan’s effort to consolidate information from a number of federal, state, city, and neighborhood agencies into a single comprehensive database. The resulting database and Geographic Information System maps continue to be widely used by agencies throughout the state.
The original Neighborhood Profiles pages have been ProvPlan’s primary vehicle for providing data on Providence neighborhoods since 2001. There is a page for each neighborhood that provides a snapshot of data, maps, background, and local links. There are also citywide pages that compare neighborhoods with one another and to the City as a whole.