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, October 1, 2008

Statistics on the Economy

As we're starting to get tired of watching the vacillations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (and thinking about who we can sue for whiplash), we may want to look at other economic indicators. The Reporting Statistics blog has a nice summary of statistical data sources for economic conditions in the United States. If nothing else, the list should help distract us for a while.

For those who feel up to it, information aesthetics has a really good list of visualizations of the credit crisis. If you mouseover the banks on this graph, you get a stark realization of how much they have shrunk in value.

One more for good measure: The largest point gains and losses in the stock market, and the largest percentage gains and losses. Sometimes it's helpful to add context.

If you have other data sources or visualizations that would be helpful, please let me know.

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