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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, June 15, 2009

Job Opening: Project Director

I'm relaying this from the NNIP listserve. For full details and to apply, visit Transtria's web site at

Transtria is a certified, woman-owned, small public health research and consulting company with a vision of uniting people, places and policies to revolutionize public health. Transtria specializes in providing leadership and technical assistance to support the development, implementation and evaluation of research and practice-based projects. Transtria works with clients and community partners to understand their needs, create a collaborative process for engagement, identify strategies for change, monitor progress, document outcomes and share findings with others.

We are seeking a well-rounded leader to help guide the direction of our new Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities project and to play a key role in the ongoing growth and development of our organization. This following capacities will serve as the basis for review of the candidates:

· Lifestyles, behaviors and health: knowledgeable about nutrition, physical activity and obesity and associated ecological factors contributing to these outcomes

· Health inequities: commitment to prioritizing communities marginalized by social, economic or environmental determinants of health

· System, policy and environment change: understanding of multidisciplinary approaches to create community and organizational changes to impact health behaviors and health outcomes; insight into the processes, assets and challenges associated with planning and implementing these approaches

· Research and evaluation: facility with methods and measures to assess and evaluate systems, policies, environments, practices, promotional and programmatic activities, behaviors and health; qualitative and quantitative data collection, management and analysis

· Collaboration and partnership: experience with community engagement and relationship building; competence in directing or facilitating communications with a diverse array of community partners (e.g., policy-makers and elected officials, community leaders, community-based organizations, coalitions, advocacy groups, or representatives from local government agencies – health, planning, transportation, parks and recreation, community and economic development)

Please see the attached position description for a list of essential functions and minimum requirement of the position. Applications are available on our website:


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