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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Northwest Area Foundation Solutions Depot

If you live or work in the Northwestern United States, anywhere from Minnesota/Iowa to Washington/Oregon, you've likely visited (and used) the Northwest Area Foundation's Indicators Website.

Now NWAF has announced the launch of their Solutions Depot, an online catalog of efforts to make things happen in communities. Here's their announcement:

Thank you for visiting this online resource for community-focused poverty reduction and prosperity building. Please browse the shelves and fill your toolbox!

We’re stocking the shelves with:

  • How-to guides
  • Case studies
  • Web-based calculators and analyzers
  • Reports and studies
  • Links to organizations
  • Links to communities that can talk about their efforts and achievements

Don’t see what you need? Let us know.

Solutions Depot is designed to grow. Please tell us about tested, practical strategies and tools working in your community.

Poverty is a harsh reality for over 37 million people living in America. Reducing poverty is not a fast or easy goal. We hope NWAF Solutions Depot helps in your community efforts to move from poverty to prosperity.

Check it out and share your efforts ... this looks like it's going to be a great resource.


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