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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, February 18, 2009

OECD Training Course Announced

Here's an update from the OECD:

Dear colleague,

I am pleased to announce that the OECD, in conjunction with the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) have developed a training course on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy: Understanding Societal Change", to be held in Ottawa (Canada) on 11-15 May 2009.

The course has been designed to provide assistance to those wanting to understand the progress of their societies and promote evidence-based debate and policy making. It will be of interest to statisticians, economists, policy makers, and people from the private and civil society sectors and we are targeting people with at least 5 years’ work experience.

Organised as a part of the Global Project on "Measuring the Progress of Societies" (see,3417,en_40033426_40033828_1_1_1_1_1,00.html), the course will focus on the importance of statistics for democracy and democratic decision-making; measures of progress that go "beyond GDP"; tools to transform statistics into knowledge; and evidence, civic engagement and policy making.

The maximum number of participants is 25 and the deadline for registration is 31 March 2009. The cost of all training, accommodation and lunches will be 2,000 Euros (or 1,500 Euros for the course without accommodation). For more details see,3343,en_40033426_40037426_41341551_1_1_1_1,00.html

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Barbara Iasiello (

Yours sincerely,

The Global Project Team


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