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.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Measuring Community Health

The Social Synergy blog has a discussion about measuring community health, and which indicators (in what categories) ought to be considered. Interestingly enough, it's part of a project by a group called Citizen Agency, which bills itself as "an Internet consultancy that specializes in developing community-centric strategies around product research, design, development and marketing." The circle of those involved with community indicators is much broader than I expected.

Incredible work is being done in the area of healthy communities and measuring community health. The Association for Community Health Improvement lists a series of resources available for help in creating indicators here -- add that page to your bookmarks!

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