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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Measuring Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty has a new fact sheet out, called Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States.

The fact sheet deals with the following questions:

  • How does the United States measure poverty?
  • Why is the current poverty measure inadequate?
  • Are there alternative ways to measure poverty?
  • How much does it really take to make ends meet?

Based on the answers to these questions, NCCP has developed a "Basic Needs Budget" as an alternative measure of what it takes to make it in a number of communities across the U.S.

You can download the PDF document here.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know about the Basic Needs calculation. There is a calculation called the Self-Sufficiency Standard. Here is a report on Florida's self-sufficiency standard prepared for Miami-Dade Human Services Council.