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 30, 2007

SCOPE in Top 100 for Award


SCOPE has been selected for the Top 100 projects in the first ever "Make it Your Own" awards from the Case Foundation. Over 5,000 projects were submitted from across the country for this innovative grant-making strategy. To read more, visit the Case Foundation's "Make It Your Own" Awards website.

SCOPE entered a project for the upcoming Community Report Card-related events, which will be a face-to-face opportunity for Sarasota County residents to connect indicators with action. For more on SCOPE's newly-revised Community Report Card, visit SCOPE's website.

SCOPE's been doing some truly innovative work in the world of community indicators. This effort is part of their work to galvanize community efforts around the indicators; to learn more, read the project description they submitted for the award. They also have a blog for their indicators work.

They also have one of the best e-mail newsletters for community indicators practitioners I've seen. You may want to sign up to stay on top of the good work they're doing. For those who have seen the result of the innovative partnership SCOPE had with the Ringling School of the Arts in illustrating their indicators, you understand why I consider this organization a shining light in the community indicators field.

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