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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, October 6, 2008

Survey Questions: A Warning

I just received the final results from our annual Quality of Life Survey (longitudinal data available on many questions now from 1985-2008!) I'm also finalizing the questions for our Race Relations Progress Report, which is a little complicated this year as we expand the number of populations within which we hope to receive statistically significant results.

So this note was timely, from the linguistically-obsessed folks at Language Log. Just a reminder of some of the pitfalls in constructing and conducting surveys.

Take a look!


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