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, November 4, 2008

New Advocacy Tool

As we all are aware, the point of community indicator efforts is not to gather data or to publish graphs. The point is to make change, and indicators are a necessary ingredient in your community change model.

Another ingredient is advocacy. And while effective advocacy isn't the primary focus of this blog, I thought I'd share a resource with you: Effective Advocacy at ALL Levels of Government

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently launched a new, online tool to help nonprofits more effectively engage in the public policy process. Using plain language, this tool explains why, what (the law), and how to engage in effective nonprofit advocacy. It includes sample strategic plans and case stories from a wide range of charities.

Keep the resources coming!

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