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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

QOL-Related Job Announcements

From the ISQOLS listserve:


1) Study Fellowship: RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging
Date: 09 February 2009

The RAND Corporation is accepting applications for one or more postdoctoral fellowships in the Study of Aging. This competitive program enables outstanding scholars to sharpen their analytic skills and advance their research agenda in the field of aging. Scholars come from various disciplines including economics, demography, sociology, and psychology.

Housed within RAND’s Labor and Population Program, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers without teaching obligations. One-year fellowships are renewable for a second year and provide a competitive stipend and health insurance.Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline before they begin the program. The program is open to new scholars, as well as individuals who have some research experience or are on leave from an academic position.

Application review begins February 9th, 2009. Additional information and application materials are available via weblink, or by contacting:

Diana Malouf
The RAND Corporation
1776 Main StreetSanta Monica, CA 90407-2138
310-393-0411 x6462
email: or by emailing the Program Director:

2) Senior Research Position at German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
Closing date: 31 December 2008

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. We are an independent, non-profit institute involved in economic research, service and policy advice. We co-operate closely with universities in Berlin and Brandenburg and in international academic networks. The Department of International Economics at DIW Berlin is a young and internationally-oriented research team addressing policy-relevant themes in development economics, international trade and European integration.

We publish our research findings in international journals, collaborate intensively with researchers and policy makers in Europe and beyond, regularly host international visitors, and organize academic and policy-oriented meetings. The working language of our team is English. The Department of International Economics at DIW Berlin is hiring a Senior Researcher to coordinate its work on “Poverty Reduction and Economic Reform”. This work of this new research team entails understanding mechanisms of poverty reduction in middle and low income countries and how economic reforms and poverty reduction interact.

The aim of the team is to conduct high quality applied economic research, mostly using micro-level survey data, and to derive policy advice from this research. The new Senior Researcher is expected to build up the team with doctoral and post-doctoral researchers by acquiring further external grants. Applicants should have an outstanding doctoral degree in economics (especially in the fields of development economics, transition economics, labour economics and/or applied micro-econometrics), several years of relevant academic work experience in an international context, a strong track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals, and experience in acquiring and managing research grants.

Applicants with a recent PhD in economics and less experience may be considered for a position as Senior Researcher. Fluent English is a pre-requisite; knowledge of Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish and/or German would be an advantage. The position is available as soon as possible for a duration of at least three years with a possibility for a further renewal. Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their motivation to apply, a separate two-page mission statement on how the applicant would develop the team, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and transcripts, and the names of three academic referees.

Please email your application by 31 December 2008 to DIW Berlin, Management Services/Human Resources ( stating the reference number WLT-4-08. For further information, please refer to our homepage ( or contact Andrea Jonat at Human Resources (, +49-30-89789-218).


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