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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, October 2, 2007

Speaker List for PPMRN Conference

The First Annual Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network Conference will be held November 2-3, 2007 (see link on left-hand panel under "conferences"). PPMRN has just released the list of speakers and topics for the conference:

  • Dr. MARC HOLZER Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers, Campus at Newark Roundtable Discussion “The Increasing Momentum for Performance Measurement and Improvement”
  • MIKE LAWSON Executive Director, ICMA Center for Performance Measurement "Leadership, Management and the Role of Performance Measurement"
  • HOWARD ROHM Executive Director, The Balanced Scorecard Institute "Managing for Results Using the Balanced Scorecard"
  • MICHAEL JACOBSON Performance Management Director, King County Executive Office "Integrating Community Indicators and Agency Performance Measures: King County's AIMs High Website"
  • STEVAN GORCESTER Executive Director Washington State Transportation Improvement Board "Transportation Improvement Board Dashboard: Performance Measurement Software"
  • EMIL TURC AND MARCEL GUENOUN Institut de Management Public et Gouvernance Territoriale "Benchmark Implementation in Inter-organizational settings: A Study of Emerging Comparative Practices in French Inter-Communal Organizations"
  • BILL TOMES Institute for Public Service and Policy Research University of South Carolina, "Performance Measurement Project with EMS Providers in South Carolina"
  • BARBARA COHN BERMAN Vice President, Fund for the City of New York "Citizen Participation in Performance Measurement"
  • MICHELLE THOMAS Director of Innovation and Performance Management, City of Newark, New Jersey "Newark Performance Measurement Initiatives"
  • EVEANNA BARRY Director of Performance Reporting, Advancing Government Accountability "Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA) Reporting Program"
  • DR. ERIC SCORSONE Michigan State University "Impact of State Mandates and Administrative Discretion on local Government Benchmarking Performance"
  • REAGAN BURKHOLDER Summit Collaborative Advisors "Pitfalls and Problems of Making Comparisons Among Municipalities"
  • DR. KATHE CALLAHAN, DR. KATHRYN KLOBY, And CHARLOTTE KAHN Rutgers-Newark, Monmouth University, and Boston Indicators Project "Internal and External Perspectives: Collaborating to Strengthen the Relevance of Performance Measurement"
  • CHERYL HUBER Director of Research, New Yorkers for Parks, The Arthur Ross Center for Parks and Open Spaces "2007 Report Card on Beaches"
  • DR. KENNETH A. SMITH Willamette University "Evaluating Performance Reports with AGA Criteria"
  • THEODORE E. SHOGRY Performance Improvement Manager, City of Albuquerque "Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Citizen Participation, and Performance Measurement"
  • DR. YUKO J. Nakanishi Nakanishi Research and Consulting "Strategic Benchmarking: Methods and Practices"
  • ALICIA SCHATTEMAN Rutgers-Newark "Lessons to be learned: Municipal Performance Reporting in Ontario"
  • RON PERRY, Deputy County Auditor, King County, Washington "Performance Measurement in King County, Washington State"
  • CONSTANCE B. BOWENS Baruch College "Improving Public Higher Education Systems through Performance Management: An Examination of the Kansas Board of Regents' Performance Agreement Project"
  • HYUN AH CHO “Application of Expectancy Disconfirmation Model of Citizen Satisfaction to Community Policing"
  • DANIEL BROMBERG & SUNJOO KWAK National Center for Public Performance "New Jersey Municipal Performance Measurement System: Development and Implementation"
  • NEW JERSEY MEADOWLANDS COMMISSION "Implementing a Strategic Plan: Goals, Indicators, Tracking”

This looks like it will be a fantastic conference. Here's the registration information:


Please send an email with the following information to:

Information to include in email:

Name of Attendee(s) / Title(s)
Mailing Address
Phone Number
Email Address

An Invoice will be emailed (please specify whether a hard copy is required by your organization)

Rates include a continental breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference, and a reception on Friday evening
Individual Rate $95.
Group Rate $75.(3 or more )
Student Rate $25.

*Conference registration requires a free Network membership. By registering for the conference you will be automatically registered for the Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network (


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