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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, January 8, 2008

2008 Forum on Local Government Performance Measurement

2008 Forum on Local Government Performance Measurement
Transparency. Accountability. Engagement.

WHEN: January 30 – 31, 2008
WHERE: Sheraton Read House, Chattanooga, TN

The Southeastern Results Network (SERN) is pleased to present the first Forum on Local Government Performance Measurement. This conference will feature a variety of presentations and workshops on key performance measurement issues, including:

  • developing indicators
  • performance budgeting
  • reporting to the public
  • 311-systems
  • collecting data
  • and many more!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Colonel Dean Esserman, Police Chief, Providence, RI Col. Esserman will be speaking on the role of community policing and performance measurement in producing a double-digit drop in Providence crime rates over the past five years.

The Forum will provide the unique opportunity for practitioners from both local government and community-based organizations from around the Southeast to come together, share ideas and best practices, and to work together to address issues around government performance measurement.

For more information and a complete conference schedule, please visit

About SERN: SERN is a membership organization of local governments and community-based organizations that have an interest in improving performance measurement and accountability in government. SERN seeks to facilitate these groups working together and sharing information on best practices in developing and measuring indicators of government performance. SERN is funded in part by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation .

Click here to read SERN’s full case statement.


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