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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

American Community Survey Release Today

The 2006 American Community Survey is being released today with a web conference at 10:00 a.m. EDT. You can join it on the web or dial in to an audio line.

Many of us have been waiting for the updated data, but there are some important changes this year. You may find these presentations helpful as they describe the different poverty counts for "money income," "market income," "post-social insurance income," and "disposable income."

Here is the release schedule:

August 28, 2007: Income, Earnings and Poverty Data

September 12, 2007: Social, Economic, Housing, and Demographic Characteristics; Public Use Microdata File; Data Profiles, Geographic Comparison Tables, Ranking Tables, Narrative Profiles

September 27, 2007: Selected Population Profiles; Workplace Tables (tables for where a person works, not where he or she lives); Group Quarters Data Profiles


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