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.


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Annie E. Casey Launches New Website

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has launched their new website, and I recommend you take a look at it. Annie E. Casey has been a great supporter of indicators projects and the use of data to help vulnerable children and families succeed.

They're probably best known for KIDS COUNT, an invaluable data resource about children. A key resource they also provide is called CLIKS, or Community-Level Information on Kids. You can get state and local profiles on children, line graphs, maps, rankings, and other useful information.

While you're at their website, check out their Knowledge Center, which allows you to search among the many research efforts into various issues dealing with children and families.

For more information about Annie E. Casey's work can help local communities, check out Edwin Quiambao's presentation to the 2007 Community Indicators Consortium conference (PDF document). In it, he shows how Casey helped Baltimore address a series of children's issues.

If you're using the Annie E. Casey Foundation's work to assist your community indicators project, drop me a line and tell me what you're doing.

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