This eight-part series looked at the Millennium Development Goals, targets set by the United Nations in 2000 for developing countries, which expired at the end of 2015. The series applied the targets to some communities in the United States. The eight goals were: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development. Where possible, we included data visualizations or interactives in the stories. 

The second piece, about literacy in Philadelphia, used a click-through gallery to allow readers to see the kinds of things participants learned in classes taught by the Mayor's Commission on Literacy. While most people can read at a basic level, the classes usually cover math and computer literacy, skills that people need to apply for jobs. (Embedded below.)


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In Philadelphia, the Mayor's Commission on Literacy offers courses on a variety of types of literacy, helping adult learners master reading, math and digital literacy.

Source: myPLACE Online assignment, Intermediate Mathematics: From Fractions to Decimals, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.

The remaining stories used charts and tables to visualize some of the data behind the issues.