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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Social Indicators and Public Policy

I ran across this blog post about an upcoming track at an international conference I thought you might be interested in. The International Sociological Association has created a working group on social indicators, and in Barcelona, September 5 – 8, 2008 they'll present a conference track entitled "Are Things Getting Better or Worse, and Why? The Role of Social Indicators to Inform Public Policy."

They have seven sessions listed in the track (see listing here), each of which sound interesting.

You can read about the whole forum here. The theme of the conference is “Sociological Research and Public Debate.”

Are any of you planning on being there? Can you send me more information about what happens?


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