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, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Gobs and Gobs of Data": NTEN discusses

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) has a blog, and on its blog is a nice article by Kurt Voelker called "Gobs and Gobs of Data: Strategies for Visualizing and Sharing Policy Content."

The issue, he points out, is that nonprofit organization have enormous amounts of data, and somehow have to get that data into a meaningful, exciting, powerful format that will inspire action and direct public policy.

The article discusses some basic steps to improve data visualization. It's worth a read -- check it out here. They also have an upcoming conference, at which they promise to continue this conversation.

(Hat tip: Community Services Planning Council -- thanks for the heads-up!)


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