Measuring the Cooperative Economy

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives continues to pursue foundational work to develop the data resources for measuring the cooperative economy on an ongoing basis. A national cooperative census that can be efficiently and regularly updated is the first step to this effort. Explore the cooperative economy through our new interactive map.

A”first draft” of a cooperative census based on a national business data set has been completed, and drives the tables and maps on this website. Further development and refinement of the data set is continuing, and updated reporting will follow.

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There have been no ongoing, comprehensive national-level statistics about U.S. cooperative businesses and their impact on the lives and businesses of American citizens. While the 2009 report published by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives provided the first comprehensive study of cooperative impacts in the U.S., the research was a time- and resource-intensive effort that was not sustainable for ongoing reporting and analysis.

Since 2009, the Center has worked with policy experts in federal agencies, cooperative stakeholders, and academics to lay the foundations for a data infrastructure that captures cooperative activity in the U.S. economy, and provides a basis for ongoing reporting over time.

Unique Role of Cooperatives

Defining the Cooperative to Build a Census

Review of Criteria for Defining a Cooperative

Data Description