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.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

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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