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, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dashboards Dashboards Everywhere

I'm excited to find this collection of business intelligence dashboards and to pass it on to you. We have talked about community indicators and dashboards before, and I had provided a couple of examples, but at Dashboards By Example you can find hundreds more.

Also linked to on the site is Meryl's Notes Blog's Top 175 Data Visualization Resources compiled after the author took a class that discussed Edward Tufte.

There's an enormous amount of information here -- one that will require review and sifting to find the best examples for community indicators work. Before I tackle that, however, I thought I'd pass on the full lists so you could find your own favorites. (Feel free to let me know which ones you like best!)

And here are a few dashboards that use data visualization tools in interesting ways. Lots of information in very little space conveyed in a visually pleasing manner ... that's what we're looking for.


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