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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, July 30, 2007

Free Pocket Sustainability Indicators

Here's a press release from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London.

From the press release:

Sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2007

A free pocket-sized booklet published by Defra today provides an overview of the country’s progress in tackling key economic, social and environmental issues.

The 68 indicators it contains - covering a wide range of topics of everyday concern such as health, housing, jobs, crime, education, and our environment - all affect whether we can live more sustainably in the future. For the first time this edition includes some provisional measures of wellbeing which show how satisfied people are with their lives.

The press release also contains a summary of the statistical information in the booklet and some comparison pie charts.

Free copies of Sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2007 are available from:

Defra Publications
Admail 6000
London, SW1A 2XX
Telephone: 08459 556000
Quote product codes PB12683 (A6 size) or PB12683A (A4 size)

The publication and associated data will be also presented on the sustainable development website:


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