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.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Committee on National Statistics and Data Sources

The Committee on National Statistics is a group that "serves to contribute to a better understanding of important national issues by working to improve the statistical methods and information on which public policy decisions are based."

Housed at The National Academies as part of the U.S. Federal Government, CNSTAT quietly is doing a lot of interesting work. Here's a list of their current projects, and another list of completed projects.

Of particular interest to community indicators practitioners in the United States is this set of links to statistical agencies. It's a treasure trove of information (hey, how did Statistics Canada get in there?) If you haven't seen the list before, poke around -- I went to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services' Data Council Gateway to Data and Statistics and almost immediately found data I needed for an upcoming race relations progress report.

Take a look, and let me know what you find useful.



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