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, November 7, 2008

OECD Newsletter: Measuring the Progress of Nations

The newsletter Measuring the Progress of Nations is available from OECD, and there are some really good articles in its 18 pages of information about indicators.

Highlights in the newsletter (available as a PDF here) include more information about upcoming conferences in Kyoto and Busan, and a Data Designed for Decisions conference in Paris. There's write-up of training sessions held in Siena, Italy, and explanation of the Global Peace Index, the Sustainable Society Index, and a lot more information about the measures of Gross National Happiness being pioneered by Bhutan.

Plus there's an article on knowledge societies and the need for measurement, indicators of social progress in Hungary, the British Columbia Atlas of Wellness, and more. You owe it to yourself to check out Measuring the Progress of Nations, if only to remind yourself that your local efforts are connected to a global movement transforming this planet.

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