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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

JCCI Releases 24th Annual Quality of Life Progress Report

JCCI released its Quality of Life Progress Report today at a press conference involving the Mayor of Jacksonville, the President of the United Way of Northeast Florida, the President of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Community Foundation of Jacksonville, along with a number of community leaders and interested citizens.

This is the 24th annual edition of the report, which was first released in 1985. This pioneering effort has served as a model for community indicators reports around the world. (I'm really quite partial to it!)

You can read the report online and see the source data in Excel format that support the indicators. JCCI will be implementing a web-based indicator system during 2009 -- anyone who would like to receive a copy of the RFP, please drop me a line.

Here's one quick news report that shows how the community reacts to the annual release event:

Update: Here's a few more news stories:

Channel 4 News
The Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville Daily Record

I'll add more as I run across them. Sometime soon we'll talk about media coverage and the relationships between reporters and community indicators efforts.


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