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, August 19, 2008

Evidence-Based Public Health

I need to pass on another blog resource for you -- Evidence-Based Public Health. For those interested in health indicators, there's a number of resources available for you.

For example, here is a series of webinars on data sources that should prove useful. You may also like this information on teaching evidence-based public health to public health practitioners. There's also some good stuff on determinants of health.

The Evidence-Based Public Health blog is run by the library director at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and is a great example of how to quickly and simply share important information with others. I'm looking for more examples of this kind of on-line conversation or resources that touch on aspects of community indicators. My hope is to draw together some of the many threads that make up community-based measurement of the quality of life in communities, and to do that we need the help of as many subject experts as possible.

Thank you in advance for passing on your favorite resources!

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