Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Indicators of Cultural Vitality

Andrew Taylor has a blog entry on Measures of Cultural Vitality. In it, he discusses the Urban Institute's Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and Indicators. (A presentation about the report by the authors at the Community Indicators Consortium conference is available here.)

A good data source for information about the arts is Americans for the Arts, with several interesting data sets to choose from. FedStats suggests using IRS data to explore data about arts organizations. The U.S. Census Bureau's Local Employment Dynamics has interesting data for many states about people who work in the arts. There are also interesting information available through the National Endowment for the Arts and useful indicators from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Outside the U.S., a fun site is Singapore's indicators from the National Arts Council.


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