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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, August 21, 2008

Job Posting: NeighborWorks America Analyst

From NNIP:

Job Description

TITLE: Analyst, Corporate Planning, Performance, and Strategy
Division: Corporate Planning, Performance, and Strategy
(half time position)
LOCATION: Washington DC


This job supports the CPPS division two ways: 1. Development of the annual corporate ‘scorecard’, timely & accurate submission & review of corporate quarterly results and, 2. Analysis of corporate performance data to provide the information necessary to inform program evaluation and planning. These functions require the ability to use technological tools to facilitate a robust interactive business intelligence environment that includes report design and implementation as well as the development of GIS/mapping capacity in the corporation.


Requires a strong knowledge and background in statistical research for the social sciences, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Develop any required summaries and or presentations as may be required.
Responsible for development, production and optimization of a series of updatable reports for use in resource development and informing partners.
Assists in managing the quarterly updates for the corporate scorecard, establish a protocol for update submissions, participate in the development of meaningful metrics for evaluating performance. Assist in preparation of scorecard for corporate officers and Board of Directors.
Assists in annual budgeting process, including CPPS coordination and facilitation across divisions.
Assists in the ongoing effort to streamline and improve the quality of data collected from NWOs and other CDCs. This may range from working with the PM MCs, to collaboration with specific districts or district efforts (the Gulf) to keeping minutes of the NWO data working group sessions.
Assists in ongoing efforts to develop a data dictionary.
Coordinates with Director, Data Collection and Special Projects in OAD, regarding their work in data collection design, planning and implementation.


Represents CPPS at internal meetings and on task groups as assigned, and represents NeighborWorks® America at conferences and workshops as assigned by CPPS Director.
Works with other divisions as assigned to ensure internal customers are aware of other NeighborWorks® America activities that would assist in the achievement of the multi-year Strategic Plan and current goals.


A Bachelors degree is required in social sciences, economics, public policy research, or finance with strong statistical and research skills. An advanced degree in social sciences, economics, finance or public policy with a quantitative focus is preferred or any combination of education and experience that provides the following skills:
2-4 years work experience and demonstrated competency in research methods and statistical analysis.
Working knowledge of databases, able to use and manipulate large streams of data, experience with web-based technologies and proficiency in Microsoft office products
Knowledge of census data, geographical analysis, mapping or GIS applications.
Ability to work independently and make responsible decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures required;
Strong interpersonal and influencing skills sufficient to build working relationships internally and externally
Excellent verbal and written skills a must


Fast paced working environment, extensive computer usage, and ongoing complex evaluative thinking, multitasking on a regular basis, extensive collaboration
Travel approximately 15%

Equal Opportunity Employment M/D/F/V


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