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 27, 2008

Index of State Weakness

The Brookings Institution has just released the Index of State Weakness in the Developing World. Together with the Center for Global Development, they ranked 141 developing countries in the degree of "weakness" (as measured by 20 indicators in four areas -- economic, political, security and social welfare.)

Under their "economic basket" they measure a country's GNI per capita, GDP growth, income inequality, inflation, and regulatory quality.

Under the "political basket" they measure government effectiveness, rule of law, voice and accountability, control of corruption, and freedom.

Under the "security basket" they measure conflict intensity, gross human rights abuses, territory affected by conflict, incidence of coups, and political stability.

Under the "social welfare basket" is child mortality, access to improved water, undernourishment, primary school completion, and life expectancy.

The countries that ranked as the "weakest states" were Somalia, Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, and Burundi. Not a lot of surprises there. But the report itself (and the scores per country) and fairly interesting, and you ought to take a look at this report.

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