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, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Friday, May 11, 2007

State of the World's Mothers

Just in time for Mother's Day, Save the Children has released its report on the State of the World's Mothers 2007 (PDF document).

The report uses under-5 mortality rates, percentage of children under 5 who are moderately or severely underweight, gross pre-primary enrollment ratio, primary enrollment ratio, secondary enrollment ratio, gender parity, child survival progress rankings, and percent of the population with access to safe water as key measures of child well-being.

It also measures women's health status, educational status, economic status, and political status to get at an overall Mothers' Index.

The data (and pictures) tell a story about mothers around the world. Check it out. And don't forget to give your mother a hug or a phone call, if you can, this Mother's Day.


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