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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Friday, November 7, 2008

OECD Newsletter: Measuring the Progress of Nations

The newsletter Measuring the Progress of Nations is available from OECD, and there are some really good articles in its 18 pages of information about indicators.

Highlights in the newsletter (available as a PDF here) include more information about upcoming conferences in Kyoto and Busan, and a Data Designed for Decisions conference in Paris. There's write-up of training sessions held in Siena, Italy, and explanation of the Global Peace Index, the Sustainable Society Index, and a lot more information about the measures of Gross National Happiness being pioneered by Bhutan.

Plus there's an article on knowledge societies and the need for measurement, indicators of social progress in Hungary, the British Columbia Atlas of Wellness, and more. You owe it to yourself to check out Measuring the Progress of Nations, if only to remind yourself that your local efforts are connected to a global movement transforming this planet.


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