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.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Community Indicators Consortium February Newsletter

The Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) just sent out its February 2008 newsletter, and I thought I'd share some highlights with you. (CIC's newsletters are available online here -- and you can ask them to be put on the e-mail list to get future newsletters as released.)

The newsletter includes a write-up of the latest ISQOLS (International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies) conference in San Diego, the OECD World Forum in Istanbul, and the Beyond GDP Conference in Brussels. It also includes a summary of the 2007 accomplishments of the Community Indicators Consortium in a message from the president.

There's an additional message to pay attention to. King County, Washington, has been doing some really interesting work in integrating performance measures and community indicators projects. Their effort, King County AIMs High: Annual Indicators & Measures, is a big step forward in this area. Read the article by Michael Jacobson, King County's Performance Management Director, and check out the website. This intersection of citizen governance and government accountability is one of the puzzle pieces that we should be working to put together over the next few years.

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