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.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Istanbul Forum Proceedings Available

Here's a great offer I had to pass along while the costs were still low:

The proceedings from 2nd World Forum, Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies in Istanbul 2007 are ready to be distributed in October. This 550 page book contains 40 of the best papers that were presented at the Forum. Please find below the table of contents.

If you wish to purchase a copy at a reduced price at € 18.24 (including shipping cost), please fill in the order form and send back to me at yoonjung.lee@oecd.org by 7th September. Payment details will follow after orders are received. Please note that after this date, copies will cost €101.14 including shipping.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Yoon Jung Lee
Yoonjung.lee@oecd.org
+33 (0)1 45 24 88 25

Statistics, Knowledge and Policy 2007:
Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies

[Table of contents]

Foreword: A. Gurría
Introduction: E. Giovannini

Measuring the Progress of Societies: Does it make a difference for Policy Making and Democracy?

A. Gurría
D. Walker: How Key National Indicators can Improve Policymaking and Strengthen Democracy
R. J. Romanow: Promoting progress: making it happen


Measuring progress and political processes to foster progress

A. Siegel: Beyond measuring – The Council of Europe’s instruments contributing to the progress of societies
J. Frenk& O. Gómez-Dantés: Global public goods for local Decision-making: Empowerment through Evidence
C. Glassman: Evidence-based policy making: Just a myth or a must?
R. A. Virola: Empowering and Challenging Voters through Governance Indicators: The Philippine Experience


Accountability and civic engagement
M. Canoy, F. Lerais, M. Mascherini, A. Saltelli, D. Vidoni : The Importance of Social Reality for Europe’s Economy: An Application to Civil Participation
S. Chandra: Power to people: Indicators for Accountability
C. Michalos: Connecting Communities with Community Indicators


Measuring progress: people’s perceptions and knowledge

J. Almunia: People’s Perceptions vs. Reality – Drawing lessons from the use of statistics in the European Union
R. Curtin: What US consumers know about Economic Conditions
A. Papacostas: European’s Knowledge on Economical Indicators
F. Fullone, M. Gamba, E. Giovannini and M. Malgarini: What do citizens know about Statistics? The Results of the OECD/ISAE survey on Italian Consumers


Subjective measures of well-being

A. van Hoorn: An introduction to Subjective Well-being: Measurement, Correlates and Policy uses
R. Veenhoven: Measures of Gross National Happiness


Challenges for national statistical offices

H. K. van Tuinen: Innovative Statistics to Improve our Notion of Reality
A. Elahi: Challenges of Data Collection – With Special Regard to Developing Countries
D. Trewin: An Effective Global Statistical System – A Prerequisite for Consistency in Global Measurements


Measuring progress: economic, social and environmental issues

Economic issues

R. W. Edwards: Policy and Statistical Issues Underpinning Financial Stability: the IMF Perspective
P. de Lombaerde and P. L. Iapadre : International Integration and Societal Progress : A Critical Review of Globalisation Indicators
L. Cook: Understanding Retirement Saving and Pensions
H. van der Pol: Key Role of Cultural and Creative Industries in the Economy
J. Grice: Measuring and Improving Government Performance

Social issues

G. Banks: Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage in Australia
R. W. Eberts: Trends in Worker Requirements and the Need for Better Information to Make More Informed Decisions in a Global Economy
F. Stanley and S. R. Zubrick: Child Development, Human Development and the Progress of Societies
P. Ester& M. Kerkhofs: Human Capital and the Older Worker – The Need for Solid Indicators
V. Volkan: Societal well-being after experiencing trauma at the hand of “others”: The intertwining of political, economic and other visible factors with hidden psychological processes affecting victimized populations

Environmental issues

J. Loh: The Living Planet Index and Ecological Footprint: Tracking the State of Global Biodiversity and Human Pressures on the Biosphere
O. Al-Jayyuosi: The State of Ecosystems and Progress of Society
D. Trewin: How Reliable are Climate Change Projections – A Statistician’s Perspective


Gender: a key dimension of societal progress

D. Drechsler, J. Jütting and L. T. Katseli: Social Institutions and Gender Equality


Measuring societal progress for local communities

A. Holett, D. May and C. Giles: The Newfoundland and Labrador System of Community Accounts
A. Thornley: Developing Indicators for Local Communities: the New Zealand Experience
S. Brutschy and D. Zachary: Achieving Outcomes from Indicators: Community Assessment Projects in the United States, a Focus on Santa Cruz County


Using indicators to make governments accountable

Ö. Dinçer: Measuring and Improving the Success of Governments
B. Manby: AfriMAP: On not using Indicators to Score Progress in Governance
R. Swinkels& M. Brouwer: National Progress and the Effectiveness of International Aid
A. Kaminara: Case Study: Introducing Standard Indicators in European Commission Funded Projects for Aggregation of Aid Effect

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