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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Food Deserts in Detroit

Mari Gallagher shared the following with the NNIP listserve:

Our latest report, Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in DETROIT, with foreword by Thomas Kingsley of NNIP and the Urban Institute, is now available on our website at The study was sponsored by LaSalle Bank.

Also available is the Detroit Project Technical Appendix, which includes details about our methodology, author’s comments and acknowledgements, a next steps section for partners and funders, and our new methods to track the public health impact of community development and market investment.

250 representatives from Detroit’s government, healthcare, planning, public health, community development and grocery sectors gathered at the Detroit Athletic Club on June 19 to learn the results of study. Considerable press has followed. The effort was made possible by LaSalle Bank, Detroit LISC, and 21 Forum Friend organizations, including NNIP. Thank you for your support and we hope you find the study useful.


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