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, September 13, 2007

Data Visualizations II

We've talked about data visualization several times before in this blog, and I've pointed out a number of interesting sites that display data in amazing ways. But this site left my jaw on the floor.

Smashing Magazine ran an article on Data Visualization: Modern Approaches with examples and links to seven categories and hundreds of examples of new and exciting ways to display data.

Some of them we've covered before. Others may not apply to the community indicators world, though they're pretty neat (and neatly pretty to look at.)

But the breadth and artisty of the examples given, and the lists of resources and tools available is amazing. So much so that I want you to quit reading this blog and go there right now. (Then come back here and read more and leave your comments -- I'd love to know what you found there that you might find useful for your own community.)

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