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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.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, October 1, 2009

Mad Props to Tad Long!

I'm at the 2009 Community Indicators Consortium Conference in Bellevue, Washington. I'll be sharing my notes on the sessions shortly.

But I had to applaud Tad Long from NewCity Morehead for concluding his presentation by going to his website and showing how his presentation, report, and template were online and waiting for us, collected on a page for conference attendees.

Two quick thoughts from his presentation:

  • measuring results has to go beyond usual ways we measure
  • engaging citizens needs to go beyond the traditional ways we have brought people together

I'm going to be spending more time comparing their community engagement scorecard with the Indicators of Civic Health project we did with the National Civic League back in 2002. I like how many of the same themes have been develloped further.

Way to represent!


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