At Americas Quarterly we consider social inclusion to be more than the reduction of poverty and inequality. It covers factors that contribute to an individual’s capacity to enjoy a safe, productive life irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. Our fourth annual Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index ranks 17 countries across 22 variables. Zooming in on country-by-country results is one way of reading the Index. The scorecards and rankings by variable below provide a snapshot of each country’s level of inclusion, how it compares to others in the hemisphere, where progress has been made, and where public policies are still lagging. But a deeper dive reveals how entire segments of the population in some countries are crippled by unequal access to formal jobs, education, income, and rights. Think of it as a 3-D movie that captures movement, texture and color. This year’s Index monitors public policies and highlights gaps—while identifying variables such as access to goods and the protection of civil and political rights, to create an accurate portrait of the Americas region. The Index is generously supported by the Seattle International Foundation, dedicated to supporting worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America.