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.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bloglist: What's Your Favorite?

The folks at Swivel's blog, Tasty Data Goodies, have put together an interesting list of their favorite blogs.

It's good list of data and data visualization groups. Many of the sites they list are on the blogroll on the right-hand column of this site, and I may add a couple more based on their recommendations.

Some of the blogs I follow that aren't on the list are:

GraphJam: It's a place for user-created graphs that tend to be on the silly side, but a lot of fun anyway. From the lolcatz folks.

Indexed: Sometimes humorous, sometimes thoughtful, Jessica Hagy draws graphical relationships on index cards. She's now published a book of these.

StrangeMaps: Not always data, but some interesting ways of looking at the world and representing it graphically. Worth a look.

The AGA's blog often has quite a bit to say about government performance measures. The guest authors are usually quite thoughtful in their presentations.

I also link to the blogs of PolicyMap and InstantAtlas as two of the more interesting tools out there for reporting/presenting community indicators.

There's more -- take a look at the blogroll -- but these I especially like. I'm interested in the blogs you follow that have something to do with community indicators -- or the blogs you write. Care to share? What have I left out? Which of these blogs are your favorites?

ETA: Don't forget this great list of blogs from Nathan Yau last May -- there's a wealth of resources available out there for us!

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