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.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at
ben@jcci.org, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.


Monday, April 16, 2007

Making Data Display More Exciting

The Social Science Statistics Blog hosted by The Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University is always an interesting read.

A hat tip goes to them for directing me to an exciting way to display data. Speculative Bubble put together a chart of home prices, indexed for inflation, from 1890 to present. Then they used Atari's Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, a game program, to create a roller coaster that follows the trend lines and lets you "ride" the graph. See the video and enjoy the ride. Then check out the actual chart and see if experiencing the chart was more informative than just seeing it.

What other opportunities have we not explored yet for making data more experiential? Are there other exciting options for providing much more immediate experiences with trend lines?

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