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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, April 15, 2008

Vote for SCOPE!

Take a moment and vote for a great example of community change efforts stemming from community indicators -- and help fund the work. Here's the information you need:

SARASOTA, FL … SCOPE is pleased to announce that the Summit for Environmental Action, held in Sarasota County, is the only Florida-based project to be a Top 20 Finalist in the Case Foundation’s Make It Your Own Awards™. The Summit was selected from a nationwide pool of nearly 5,000 applications evaluated on subject matter and strength as an example of positive “citizen-centered” change. Each Top 20 Finalist received $10,000, consultation with a Case Foundation Social Investment Manager, and the opportunity to compete for additional funding. After selecting the top 20 ideas, the Case Foundation is inviting America to get online and vote for the Final Four, each of whom will be awarded an additional $25,000 in grant dollars to help further their community work as part of the award. Make It Your Own is an innovative grants program that forgoes the traditional grant application model to embrace a more grassroots, “citizen-centered” approach to seeking funding.

To vote for the Summit for Environmental Action as one of the Make It Your Own Awards Final Four, please visit: You will be asked to select four choices from the finalists and respond to an email confirmation for your vote to count. Voting closes on April 22nd.

The Summit for Environmental Action brought together diverse members of the community to create specific solutions addressing local environmental concerns. The Summit idea stemmed from the quality of life indicators in SCOPE’s Community Report Card. A cross-section of individuals and organizations came together to plan the Summit, which was held in February.

“The Summit was a well-organized, innovative program that should be used as a model for community forums on other issues. Thank you for the opportunity to join this inspiring group of people,” noted one participant. The Make It Your Own Awards helped make possible this idea of creating citizen-inspired action leading to positive environmental change. Please cast your vote at the Case Foundation website.

For more information contact:
Kate Irwin
tel = (941) 365-8751
fax = (941) 365-8592
kirwin (at) scopexcel (dot) org


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