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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Input Needed: What Makes a Successful Set of Progress Indicators?

Kate Scrivens, in the latest Newsletter on Measuring the Progress of Societies (PDF) from the OECD, asks "What makes a successful set of indicators?" She outlines the questions that need to be answered in order to approach this issue, including how to define success, and describes the work undertaken by the OECD to report on what success looks like.

To do that, she needs your help. They're looking to complete the report by December 2008. They need examples of successful indicators projects from all over the world, run by different kinds of organizations, and ranging from international and national indicator sets to the subnational, community, and even neighborhood indicators. Here's what she's asking:

If you are an expert or practitioner in the field of indicator development, the research team would be particularly interested in hearing from you. For more information, contact Kate Scrivens;

I hope you can share your success stories with this project. Please read the newsletter article (it's on pages 4 and 5 of the newsletter) for more information.


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