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.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Webinar: Intro to GIS

If you know of an available online training resource or webinar that may be of interest to the community indicators community, please let me know and we'll post it here.

From the Nonprofit Technology Network:

Mapping Your Nonprofit: An Intro to GIS
Event type:
Cost: $25 for NTEN Members, $50 for Non-Members

Start: 10/02/2007 - 11:00
End: 10/02/2007 - 12:30
Timezone: US/Pacific

From Google Earth to GeoRSS, maps, geography, and location-based services are changing the way we interpret our world and engage with communities. This webinar will explore how geographic information systems (GIS) technology is being used to enhance the missions, meet the challenges, and answer the questions faced by non-profit organizations.

Applications cover a broad range of disciplines, including:

  • political advocacy;
  • education;
  • neighborhood redevelopment;
  • social services;
  • public health;
  • constituency building;
  • public safety;
  • and disaster response.
Almost any activity you conduct has a geographic component to it. Consequently, technology that leverages that geography can help improve communities, support better decisions, and demonstrate needs, progress, and program impact to boards of directors, stakeholders, and funders.

This webinar will be based on actual case studies of applications in nonprofit organizations and will progress from relatively simple processes to more complex analysis.

Topics will include:
  • the process of assigning locations to lists of addresses (geocoding);
  • using geography to organize and search community assets;
  • incorporating map-based reports into grant applications;
  • visualizing the geographic and demographic patterns in donor and audience groups;
  • demonstrating electoral support for political reform;
  • and prioritizing resources (real estate, natural resources and the like).

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Presented by: Robert Cheetham has been applying GIS technology to help nonprofits and government agencies for more than 10 years. He is the founder and president of Avencia, a software design and development firm based in Philadelphia. Avencia develops geographic analysis tools and services for government, nonprofit, commercial and research organizations. Previously, Robert served as the Senior GIS Developer for the City of Philadelphia and as Crime Analyst for the Philadelphia Police Department. Robert also serves as an occasional lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design; collaborates with the Cartographic Modeling Lab at Penn; serves on the advisory committee for the Masters in GIS program at Penn State University and is Director of the Japanese Garden Research Network, a nonprofit, online database of information on Japanese gardens.


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