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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, July 26, 2007

South Florida Indicators Website

Here's an interesting resource for community indicators fans. The Florida Atlantic University Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (you may have met Jim Murley or Lenore Alpert at a Community Indicators Consortium conference) hosts, "Your Resource for South Florida Indicators."

The site is remarkably easy to navigate, with a video, indicators reports, hot topics, news, events, related research reports, and indicators data available on the front page. It's a different look and feel than GIS-based sites, and does a pretty good job of showing how indicators reports are part of the larger picture of understanding the region.

While you're at the site, be sure to check out Charting the Course and their use of indicators to examine future scenarios for the region.


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