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, August 6, 2007

Community Indicators Consortium August Newsletter

The Community Indicators Consortium has released their August 2007 newsletter (PDF). The newsletter contains the following:

  • Letter from the President, Allen Lomax, calling for increased involvement from those in the indicators field to work together to build a network of practitioners and interested parties;
  • A report from Alex Michalos on his involvement with the OECD World Forum, the presentation he gave, and his reactions to the Istanbul Declaration;
  • An article by Lisa Capoccia on the growth of the Toronto Vital Signs model throughout Canada, with 11 cities scheduled to release their own Vital Signs report this October;
  • A write-up of the Inland Northwest conference on community indicators;
  • A link to the new CIC paper, “Creating Stronger Linkages between Community
    Indicator Projects and Government Performance Measures”, available on the CIC website (PDF);
  • Upcoming conferences and events dealing with community indicators; and
  • A call for articles for future newsletters.

Check it out! If you're not a member of the Community Indicators Consortium, consider joining.

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