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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Good Indicators Guide

The Good Indicators Guide:
Understanding how to use and choose indicators

UK NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 2008

Available online as PDF file [40p.] at:

“…..This guide is intended to be a short, practical resource for anyone in any health system who is responsible for using indicators to monitor and improve performance, systems or outcomes.


1. Introduction
2. Indicators: some useful background
3. The anatomy of an indicator
4. Understanding variation
5. Changing hearts and minds
6. Frequently asked questions
7. Criteria for good indicators and good indicator sets
8. Ten myths about indicators
9. Glossary
10. Further reading
Appendix A: Full anatomy of an indicator

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This message provided from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO/WHO


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