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, May 28, 2008

CIC Conference: Updates

From CIC:

Community Indicators Consortium's Sixth International Conference
Community Indicators: Moving Information to Action
Thursday, June 26, 2008 thru Saturday, June 28, 2008
Washington, DC

The Community Indicators Consortium's Sixth International Conference is only a few weeks away and it promises to be another great conference. The conference will bring together individuals and organizations from around the world to increase their knowledge of indicators and performance measurement, share ideas and experiences, and network to renew relationships and build new ones. Have you registered for the conference and booked your hotel room? If not, you can do so by going to http://www.communityindicators.net/.

The conference will focus on such topics as
--collecting, displaying and reporting data,
--linking community indicators and government performance measures,
--using data to make a difference, and
--promising practices from community indicator projects.

Panelists will be discussing community indicator projects from Boston, Massachusetts to Anchorage, Alaska from Chicago, Illinois to Miami, Florida, just to name a few. Plus, panelists will be talking about indicator systems in France and Mexico as well as globally. In addition to talking about comprehensive community indicator and performance measurement systems, panelists will also focus on measuring such important topics as measuring health, education, children's wellbeing, and the environment.

Interested in knowing more about indicator projects around the world? Then don’t miss the conference’s plenary speakers to find out about a national indicator project for the US, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, and an international project to measure the progress of societies. Plenary speakers are:

Chris Hoenig, President and CEO, The State of the USA, who will be discussing the current status of The State of the USA’s effort to build a key national indicator system for the United States.

Alex Michalos, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Chancellor, Director, Institute for Social Research and Evaluation, and Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Northern British Columbia and Research Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing and Lynne Slotek, National Project Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing, Atkinson Charitable Foundation will discuss their efforts to build a Canadian Index of Wellbeing.

Enrico Giovanni, Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) will discuss "Measuring the Progress of Societies", a project hosted by the OECD and in collaboration with other international and regional partners.

Additionally, conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and provide their ideas for creating a handbook for community indicator projects by OECD.

The conference hotel, the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, located in Arlington Virginia, is an excellent venue for the conference and is conveniently located to Washington Reagan National Airport. Amtrak's Union Station is a short taxi cab or subway ride to the hotel.

Register today for this wonderful conference at http://www.communityindicators.net/. Please inform your colleagues and friends about the conference so they too will not miss this great opportunity.

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