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Research Associate Position

Published: 05/24/2017

The Community Indicators Consortium advances and supports the development, availability and effective use of community indicators for making measurable and sustainable improvements in quality of community life. CIC was organized in the belief that information sharing, collaboration and open dialogue -- across geography and disciplines -- are key to the advancement of people, the quality of community life and the sustainability of our shared environment. 

The Community Indicators Consortium is seeking a Research Associate to help research, assemble and write materials for a comprehensive training course for community-based organizations.  

Functioning independently, the Research Associates will plan, organize and conduct research and interviews, interpret results and conclusions, and write findings related to methods, tools and approaches for collection and reporting of data and community engagement.  He/she will also be knowledgeable about educational techniques and learning methods.

The successful Research Associate must be able to work independently, have keen attention to detail, be analytical and be able to easily recommend actions based upon the gathered data/facts. Some travel possible.


Passionate about improving community wellbeing 

Understand the value and role of data in creating change

Experience conducting literature reviews and synthesizing information

Dynamic and engaging writer

Familiar with educational and teaching methods

Experience working or volunteering in the nonprofit field helpful

The work is expected to start on July 1 until December 31, 2017 with a high likelihood of an extension through 2018.  Hourly rate is $40-50, DOE.  As an independent contractor, schedule and place of work are flexible but the workload calls for 25-40 hours/week and teleconferencing will happen weekly.

Email a short statement of interest and availability, your resume, and a writing sample by June 14 to info@communityindicators.net

Announcing the reception of a grant award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Published: 05/15/2017

Community indicators are key to helping a community understand its aspirations, disparities, and trends, and coalesce around a shared vision and roadmap for change. When the community is engaged in identifying and tracking measures that matter to them, indicators insure that the community and its stakeholders come together to reach consensus about shared values and create a large base of individuals, organizations, and institutions committed to a common agenda.

This shared agenda is necessary to inform and sustain measurable improvements in community conditions. It is often said that you can't manage what you can't measure. Clearly established metrics allow a community to quantify progress and adjust the process to produce the desired outcome. It also allows for approaches that look beyond a simple solution in a familiar field for problems that are often complex and multidisciplinary. It is a tool for community participation and empowerment and allows for more effective approaches to addressing problems.

Many community-based organizations do not have the resources, exposure, or wherewithal, to work collaboratively with the community they serve to understand the breadth of the problem they are trying to solve. Quite often, they are driven by a passion for their mission, but operate on a small budget and limited staffing. Funders or sponsors who are also passionate about the cause or mission prefer to support work on the ground rather than planning and tracking activities. Even when they clearly understand the need for building their work on a solid data basis, CBOs are often faced with reinventing the wheel and spend too much time on the technical aspect of developing the indicators because comprehensive and accessible training on how to go through the different steps to engage the community and to track and report on progress is not easily accessible. The time spent on this is time not spent on provide actual, evidence based services and initiatives.

CIC will develop a training that will allow organizations to move quickly and efficiently from the wishing stage to the implementation of a sustainable community indicators project, without missing crucial steps of community engagement and participation and collaboration, and with access to effective technology that will support the link to the community and their efforts to go from data to action. 

Work will start on July 1 and will continue through 2017.  The training will be available in mid-2018.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

For more information, visit www.wkkf.org

Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII now available

Published: 05/15/2017

Springer's Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII is now available.  The volume, edited by former CIC Board member Meg Holden, Executive Director Chantal Stevens and Board Member Rhonda Phillips, includes case studies and contributions from many CIC members.

This book is the seventh volume in a series covering best practices in community quality of life indicators. The case studies and analysis in this volume demonstrate how community indicators projects today operate within a need to amplify the voice of disadvantaged communities, seriously explore the increasing use of information technology, produce positive community change and sustain these efforts over time. The work presented here spans North American and Australian community work and demonstrates how the field of community indicators has undergone a rapid evolution in only a few decades. Today as in their original formulations, community indicators projects are designed to gauge the social, economic and physical health and well-being of communities. 


Table of Content:

1 The History, Status and Future of the Community Indicators Movement - Lyle Wray, Chantal Stevens and Meg Holden

Part I Organizing Concepts and Collaboration in Community Indicators
2 The Role of Subjective Well-Being as an Organizing Concept for Community Indicators -- Christopher Barrington-Leigh
3 Community Indicators and the Collective Goods Criterion for Impact -- Frank Ridzi
4 Collaboration to Promote Use of Community Indicators: Communication Is Key -- Craig Helmstetter, Paul Mattessich, Ruth Hamberg and Nancy Hartzler
5 Aligning Local and Regional Data to Achieve a More Inclusive Economy: A Northeast Ohio Model -- Emily Garr Pacetti
6 Getting to Groundbreaking, but not Build Out: From Formation to Failure in a Regional Housing Indicators Collaborative -- Meg Holden

Part II Community Indicators Identifying Different Types of Disadvantage
7 Environmental Justice in Australia: Measuring the Relationship Between Industrial Odour Exposure and Community Disadvantage -- Lucy Dubrelle Gunn, Billy Greenham, Melanie Davern, Suzanne Mavoa, Elizabeth Jean Taylor and Mark Bannister
8 Addressing Disparities and Improving the System of Care for Veterans Through the Community Assessment Process -- Samantha Green and Melanie Espino
9 Economic Issues for Women in Texas -- Jennifer Lee and Frances Deviney
10 Comprehensive Sustainability Indicators: The Houston Sustainability Indicators Program -- Lester O. King

Registration now open for the 2017 Spring Symposium in Winnipeg

Published: 02/20/2017

Go to the event page for more information and a link to the registration page. 

Save the Date for the 2017 Impact Summit: Nov. 16 & 17 in Tampa/St. Petersburg

Published: 02/20/2017

Call for Proposals now open for Winnipeg Sympositum

Published: 12/01/2016

More information here.

Funding Available for Two Pilot Communities: Framework for Community Data Sharing Project

Published: 03/17/2016

Better access to, and sharing and use of, the right kind of data lead to more informed strategies for a measurable decrease in health disparities.

Two communities are sought as anchor organizations to pilot a framework for collaboration around data access, use, and sharing to end health disparities.  

Up to $20,000 is available to two selected communities to serve as pilot sites between May 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017. In addition to the funds, technical assistance and training will be provided.   The Community Indicators Consortium is partnering with Community Science in the development and support of this framework, funded by a US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health grant.

Project Rationale:

Improved ability to access, share, and use the right kind of data will lead to more informed strategies for a measurable decrease in health disparities, and ultimately to end health disparities.

Project Goals:

1. Increase and improve CBO’s use of administrative and secondary data to address one or more of the community’s most pressing health disparity concerns.

2. Test and develop a community collaboration framework for data access, sharing, and use that is effective, sustainable, and replicable.

Who is Eligible to Apply:

Organizations applying for this funding as anchor organization must be based in the United States and may include:

  • Community-based organizations;
  • Community foundations;
  • Local government agencies; and
  • Academic institutions.

Applications are due April 7, 2016.

Download the Solicitation for Pilot Communities (pdf)

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII

Published: 03/17/2016

The Community Indicators Consortium is inviting chapter submissions for our upcoming book, Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII, to be published by Springer in 2016. This volume will contain case studies and research highlighted from the Community Indicators Consortium 2015 Summit in Austin, Texas. The volume will contribute to the 6-volume Springer book series on Community Quality of Life and Well Being, which has recently been renamed from Community Quality-of-Life Indicators. The first volume in this series was published in 2006. This volume will continue the tradition now established since 2006, of compiling excellent research into the practice and application of community indicators in a single source volume. 

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016

View the Call for Chapters (pdf)

Call for Proposals for the 2016 Impact Summit

Published: 03/07/2016

We invite stand-alone presentations, thematic panels, shorter stories and work-in-progress that deliver best practices, new ideas, or lessons learned across the spectrum of community indicators practice and use approaches for different types of learners.  Submit your proposal and join us to learn together about the best work at the local, regional and international levels in using well-being indicators for better quality of life.  

More information.

New Board Members Appointed to the CIC Board

Published: 02/16/2016

The CIC Board of Directors appointed three new members to fill vacancies on the board: Rebecca Hefner, Frank Ridzi and Sarah Treuhaft.  Appointed board members serve the remaining of the year and will likely stand for election for a regular three-year term at the end of the year.  With fifteen members, the board is now at full capacity and ready to take on 2016. 

The new board members bring a wealth of knowedge and experience to the board:

Rebecca Hefner joined the City of Charlotte as Community Research Manager in 2013. Her primary role is to facilitate the use of the Quality of Life Explorer by city departments and community partners to inform planning, program development, policy, and resident action. She also oversees Need A Speaker?, the city’s speakers bureau, working with city staff to increase the use of data in presentations and to open dat from various departments to the community. Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, Rebecca served as Senior Researcher for the Council for Children’s Rights where she promoted research-based policies and programs for children and families, and oversaw a child-focused community indicators project. Rebecca received her Masters of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte and her BFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Frank Ridzi is Director of Research and Community Initiatives at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and President of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Frank has conducted research and written in the areas of literacy coalitions, sociology of work, and student affairs. His writings have appeared in such places as the Foundation Review, the Community Literacy Journal, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Review of Policy Research.

Frank directs the research, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Community Foundation’s proactive initiatives. He has worked for the Community Foundation since 2008, where he previously served as Program Officer for Community Initiatives.  

Frank holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He also carries a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as Director for the Center of Urban and Regional Applied Research at Le Moyne College, where he still serves as Associate Professor of Sociology.

Sarah Treuhaft is Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. She coordinates the organization’s work on demographic change and the economy, collaborating with local and national partners on research and action projects that aim to build a more equitable economy. She leads the All-In Cities initiative as well as the research partnership between PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California which maintains the National Equity Atlas data and policy tool. She has long been engaged in the movement to democratize data and empower community changemakers with relevant data and analysis. Sarah has been interviewed and cited for her research in local and national media outlets including the Washington Post, the National Journal, Next City, and the Sacramento Bee. She holds master's degrees in city planning and international and area studies from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.


Nominations for Impact Awards now Accepted until June 30, 2015

Published: 06/08/2015

CIC's award program advances excellence in the indicators field by identifying and recognizing projects that best demonstrated positive change in their communities and the power of indicators to drive that change and leaders who have made outstanding contributions in the field.  Please nominate an indicator project that demonstrate the power of indicators to drive positive community change; a Hall of Heroes leader who have has significant, long-term impact on the indicators field and the improvement of community conditions and well-being; an emerging leader, under the age of 40 who has demonstrated extraordinary contribution to the indicators field with cutting-edge approaches to improving community conditions and well-being; or a news story specifically related to community impact that has the potential to inform positive community change.

Award Nomination Page.

Communications Survey

Published: 03/05/2015

The Community Indicators Consortium's mission is to work with the indicators community to advance and support the development, availability and effective use of community indicators for making measurable and sustainable improvements in quality of community life. 

In order to fulfill our commitment to provide you with the tools and resources you need to make a difference in your community, we are seeking your input.  Taking this survey thoughtfully should take about 10 minutes of your day. We hope you consider it time well spent and that it results in making CIC more responsive to your needs.  

Link to the survey


Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

Published: 02/25/2015

The Annie E. Casey Foundation just released Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, a KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot that discusses how the Supplemental Poverty Measure is a better alternative to track the progress toward ensuring that children have greater access to opportunity.

The official poverty measure is based on a formula created five decades ago and does not take into account critical factors that affect families such as inflation and cost-of-living differences between localities. To better understand how children and their families are faring, the U.S. Census Bureau created a Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) in 2011. The SPM measures the impact of a number of important social programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and other changes that affect a family’s budget. Using new state-level data that has never been released before, Measuring Access to Opportunity reports that in every state, anti-poverty programs tracked by the SPM have led to a reduction in the child poverty rate.

2nd Annual ACS Data Users Conference - call for abstracts

Published: 01/09/2015

The 2nd Annual ACS Data Users Conference is planned for May 11-13, 2015 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, College Park, MD

Call for Abstracts!

Deadline: Jan. 14, 2015

Acceptance Notification Date: Feb. 20, 2015

The second annual American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions, hands-on training, and opportunities for networking.

We are inviting abstracts on any topic relating to ACS data issues and applications, but we are especially interested in new and innovative uses of ACS data, and ACS applications that inform policy and business decisions. For examples of presentation topics from the May 2014 inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, review the program.

To submit an abstract, visit www.acsdatausers.org. Registration for the conference will open in early 2015 and will be free for all conference presenters and participants.

New board members join the CIC Board

Published: 12/29/2014

We bid farewell and offer thanks for their services to the following departing board members: Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega (2011-2014), Adam Luecking (2008-2014), Sara Lyons (2012-2014), and Ben Warner (2004-2007, 2011-2014).  Ben Warner, an inaugural board member of CIC, and Adam Luecking also generously invested their time and talent to serve as officers of the organization, including both as presidents. The fifth seat was vacated by Chantal Stevens in 2013.

We are proud to introduce the five new Board Members who were were unanimously confirmed by the CIC members to replace them on the board.  They bring a wealth of experience and skills to the CIC Board of Directors.  They, and incumbent Lyle Wray, are joining the board for a three year term starting January 1st, 2015.  



Susan Cohn, MCRP, AICP, LEED AP is the Director of Policy and Planning at JCCI (Jacksonville Community Council - one of the founding member organizations of the CIC), where she focuses on providing research and data to the community to inspire action. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. In her previous roles with the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and the City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department, Susan worked closely with a network of local and community policy researchers and organizations to promote livable places. Susan has a passion for citizen empowerment and civic engagement as a means to creating lasting and positive community change, particularly around issues of food policy and environmental stewardship.

Jon Hall works at the Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Program in New York. Before joining the UN he spent 7 years working for the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he led the Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, a project that was instrumental in paving the way to the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress. Before joining the OECD Mr. Hall worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and was the chief architect and author of the first two issues of "Measures of Australia's Progress", which won a national award in 2003. An Australian and British citizen, he have also worked for the British government in London, and for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Lusaka, Zambia. He has spoken in over 40 countries about indicators and measuring development, progress and happiness. He has a Maths degree and Master's degrees in Statistics Public Service Administration.  Mr. Hall was awarded a CIC Hall of Heroes award in 2014 

Dr. Lester King specializes in sustainable development planning and the development of context sensitive solutions for urban development. He is a certified and skilled planner with experience in community development; master planning, transportation planning, and sustainability planning. He has had experience with developing consensus building techniques for public participation/ community involvement support for the identification and delineation of planning objectives; and facilitation of stakeholder meetings for federal, state, and municipal projects. He has conducted extensive research on developing sustainability indicators and contributed to several local, national and international efforts to develop sustainability planning systems.   Dr. King has been an Impact Summit attendee and presenter for the past 2 years. 

Janice Hamilton Outtz has been employed with the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2000, first as a full-time consultant and since 2006 as a Senior Associate. Janice was an independent policy research consultant and president of Hamilton Outtz Consultants, a demographic and survey research firm from 1986 to 2005.Areas of expertise are in data collection, particularly using federal and state data sources, designing and administering questionnaires for surveys, demographic analyzes, and evaluation. She has considerable experience helping non-profit organizations with strategic planning; establishing partnerships; and collecting and using data for decision making and community capacity building.Prior to 1986,she was employed with the Brookings Greater Washington (DC) Research Center for twelve years and Howard U. College of Nursing. She has written numerous research and demographic reports and was often asked to make presentations on changing demographics to a variety of groups.  Ms.Hamilton Outtz has been a member of CIC for a number of years and just recently served on the annual conference planning committee and the awards committee. 

Charles Thrift is a project manager for the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Knowledge for Integrated Decisions program. Charles is the lead on many of IISD’s projects relating to community and sustainability indicator systems, including Peg, a community indicator system that tracks indicators that reflect and measure the community well-being in Winnipeg.  In addition, Charles has contributed to a diverse range of projects, including research related to national and international indicator systems, ecological evaluations of agricultural sectors and commodity chains, and research related to life-cycle analysis. His interests include open data and data visualization, indicators for community sustainability and well-being, and the role of knowledge in governance and decision making.  Mr. Thrift has been a member (on and off) over the past 6 years, and was both a presenter, and an award winner at the recent CIC conference in Washington. Charles also presented in a past CIC webinar.  



What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

Published: 12/15/2014

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities, from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute (Senior Editors Naomi Cytron, Kathryn L.S. Pettit, & G. Thomas Kingsley), outlines opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, and build stronger communities.  It examines potential and promising new practices, as well as barriers to be overcome. The book is a response to the explosive interest in and availability of data, especially for improving America’s communities. It is designed to be useful to practitioners, policymakers, funders, and the data intermediaries and other technical experts who help transform all types of data into useful information. It is downloadable as a pdf or can be ordered from the Urban Institute.


The Census Bureau is soliciting advice on ACS questions

Published: 11/02/2014

The Census Bureau is interested in comments on all questions on the American Community Survey; however, they are particularly interested in comments on the seven ACS questions, highlighted in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of their Federal Register Notice, which are slated for removal from the questionnaire based on the results of the 2014 Content Review.    

For additional information, you can also go to the ACS Content Review webpage.

Comments are due by December 30, 2014.

Announcing the dataZoa Community Indicators Grants Program

Published: 03/13/2014

Leading Market Technologies, Inc (LMT), the creators of dataZoa is announcing  a new grants program for non-profit and local government organizations engaged in the assembly, creation and publication of community indicators.  

Qualified organizations will be granted a seven year license for use of the data on the organization's website, which includes instant analytic & republishing access to over 3 billion automatically updating data series website embeddable, auto-updating tables, charts & dashboards driven by dataZoa Data.

For more information and to apply....

Penn State Webinar: MOOCs, Maps, and the Geospatial Revolution - Sharing the digital classroom with 48,000 students

Published: 02/28/2014

Last year saw the emergence of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focused on geospatial topics. Developed at Penn State, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution enrolled over 48,000 students from 150+ countries.  In addition to offering a new (free) way to access skills and knowledge, MOOCs also change how students engage with educators and course materials.

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, taught on the Coursera platform, was one of the first experiments in this new form of distance education. Class participants generated thousands of maps and nearly 100,000 forum posts in the five-week-long class session.

In this presentation, you'll hear about the challenges of trying to teach the fundamentals of the geospatial discipline to so many people at once. You’ll discover what distinguishes MOOCs from other forms of digital education, and learn what MOOCs offer to geospatial professionals who are looking to gain new skills and knowledge.


Anthony Robinson, Lead Faculty for Online Geospatial Education, Penn State University

Adena Schutzberg, Executive Editor, Directions Magazine

Who should attend

Geospatial educators, prospective online geospatial students and anyone interested in MOOCs


March 18, 2014  2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT 

Census Bureau Economic Indicator Webinar Series: Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)

Published: 02/21/2014

The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership quarterly release provides data on rental and homeowner vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states, and for the 75 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including estimates of the total housing inventory, characteristics of units available for occupancy, and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale units for the U.S. and regions.

Format: Webinar

Time: February 26, 2014 - 1pm - 2pm ET

Log-in link: https://census.webex.com/census/j.php?ED=238361842&UID=1632101447&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Dial-in info: 888-982-4498 

Passcode: 8312817

ACS Webinar: Using ACS Multiyear Estimates: Issues and Best Practices

Published: 02/21/2014

American Community Survey estimates are collected over a period of time (12 months, 36 months, or 60 months). For small geographic areas, only 5-year estimates are available. But for larger geographic areas, data users have a choice between ACS estimates, and need to consider the tradeoffs between the currency and reliability of the data. In this webinar, Phyllis Betts, founding director of the Center for Community Building and Neighborhood Action at the University of Memphis, and now a partner with Strategic City Solutions Consulting; and Timothy Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, will discuss some issues for ACS data users to consider and best practices in using ACS multiyear estimates and data for small geographic areas. Their discussion will be followed by 10-15 minutes of Q & A.

Date and time: Thursday, February 27, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Big Data Course from MIT Professional Ed and edX

Published: 02/06/2014

MIT Professional Education will offer Tackling the Challenges of Big Data over four weeks beginning March 4, 2014. This online course is a first of its kind, built in partnership with edX, and provides cutting edge content delivered by world-renowned MIT faculty.  Tackling the Challenges of Big Data will provide individuals and companies knowledge that is immediately applicable to today’s big data issues. This Online X course will survey state-of-the-art topics in Big Data, looking at data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark, etc.), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications. The course is eligible to receive 2.0 Continuing Education Units (2.0 CEUs). 

Dates: Course runs online March 4-April 1, 2014

Fee: USD$495

CEUs: 2.0

Learn more

Early Reading Proficiency in the United States just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Published: 02/04/2014

"Early Reading Proficiency in the United States" features the latest data for states, the District of Columbia and the nation.  This latest data snapshot compares reading data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released in November 2013 with data taken from the assessment in 2003 when a majority of states began participating. Despite an improvement over the last decade in reading proficiency in many states, large disparities persist not only among economic classes, but also in certain racial minorities (Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and their White and Asian peers. Dual language learners, who are the driving force behind the country’s demographic change, are among the least likely to hit this important milestone.

Access the report here.

Introduction to Data Sets: Census Bureau Economic Statistics

Published: 01/13/2014

Part of APDU's Public Data University series, this webinar serves as baseline learning experience and systematic overview of economic statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau. Speaker:  Andrew W. Hait, Data Product and Data User Liaison, Economic Planning & Coordination Division, U.S. Census Bureau

January 22, 2014  |  3 PM Eastern

Course:  Census Bureau Economic Statistics 101 (Introduction to Data Sets)


APDU Members - FREE

C2ER Members - FREE

LMI Institute Member States - FREE

Non-Members - $50

More information and register

CDC Service Fellowship

Published: 01/03/2014

Provide support for the Health Indicators Warehouse.  More information on our Indicators Job page.

C2ER/LMI Webinar: Accessing Federal Data from Non-Gov. Websites

Published: 01/03/2014

During the last Federal government shutdown, many researchers were unable to access data from trusted sources like the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. This webinar will introduce participants to two data aggregation sites—StatsAmerica and Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED)—that allow users to access data from multiple sources in a quick and efficient manner. These sites are valuable tools regardless of whether the Federal government is open or closed. 


  • Yvetta Fortova, Senior Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
  • Carol Rogers, Deputy Director, Indiana Business Research Center


January, 13, 2014

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

REGISTER on C2ER website




US Census Webinar: Introduction to DataFerret

Published: 01/02/2014

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU's most requested webinar by the community of data users:  Introduction to DataFerret Webinar

Conducted by William Hazard, Associate Director for Research & Method | Data Web & Applications Staff

When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:00 am (EST)

Description: Attend this introduction to DataFerrett– an analytical and visualization tool that searches and retrieves data across federal datasets, and creates complex tabulations, business graphics and thematic maps. This webinar will demonstrate how to browse (search & discover) the datasets accessible via TheDataWeb; select variables from datasets; create new variables from existing ones (recode); produce customized analyses using tables, graphs, and maps, save your analysis, and more!

REGISTER on the US Census site

If you have questions, please contact one of our Data Dissemination Specialists:


  • Alexandra Barker: alexandra.s.barker@census.gov (MA, NH, VT, & ME)
  • Ana Maria Garcia: ana.maria.garcia@census.gov (CT, RI, & Upstate NY)
  • Brunie Sanchez: brunilda.sanchez@census.gov (NJ, PR, & NYC)


Census Bureau Web Conference on 2008-2012 ACS Statistics

Published: 12/10/2013

What: The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a Web conference to discuss the Dec. 17 release of the 2008-2012 American Community Survey statistics. The data collected over the five-year period provide statistics for all places in the nation down to the block group level. The Web conference will include guidance on how to access and use these statistics, a demonstration of Census Explorer — an interactive map that allows users to display social, economic and housing characteristics of their state, county or census tract since the 1990 and 2000 censuses — and a question-and-answer session. 

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. Everyone from retailers and homebuilders to town and city planners use the results. The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs for even the smallest communities. Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people.

Please dial in by phone to listen to a simultaneous audio conference while viewing the online presentation. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

When: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013; 11 a.m. (EST)

Who: Nicole Scanniello, survey statistician, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division 

Details: Participant code: census

Please log in early, as some setup is required. An updated browser is recommended.

URL: https://census.webex.com/census/j.php?ED=228909422&UID=503032027&RT=MiMx MQ%3D%3D

Meeting Number: 740 939 362

Meeting Password: census

Kids Count First Eight Years

Published: 11/04/2013

On November 4th, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success.  This report details how investing in a child’s early development is essential for effective transitions into elementary school and for long-term academic success. 


APDU 11/7 Webinar: ACS - What Stakeholders Really Think and How We Can Improve

Published: 10/31/2013

How is the American Community Survey engaging stakeholders, and what improvements are in the works as a result of feedback?  Senior staff from the U.S. Census Bureau will describe current discussions with key stakeholders, including Congress, along with plans to improve public messaging about the nation’s largest household survey.  

Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 2:00:00 PM to 3:00:00 PM Eastern

Tim Olson, Respondent Advocate, U.S. Census Bureau
Tasha Boone, Assistant Division Chief, ACS Communications

Register for this Webinar

Census Webinar: QWI Construction and New Measures

Published: 09/20/2013

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., Stephen Tibbets will present, “QWI Construction and New Measures” The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) welcomes Mr. Tibbets as he shares the basics of LEHD infrastructure and data sources and construction of longitudinal indicators.  He also will introduce new measures of hires, separations, and associated rates.

Stephen Tibbets is an economist on the staff of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program at the U.S. Census Bureau.  Stephen has been with the LEHD program since 2007 and is primarily responsible for data quality analysis and research project integration.  Prior to joining LEHD, Stephen worked as an analyst with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, as well as with the Greater New York Hospital Association.  He holds a B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and an M.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.



Curated collection of articles on Measures of Well-Being by Wikiprogress

Published: 09/20/2013

In its summer edition, the Wikiprogress team curated articles submitted by the Wikiprogress networks working on measures of well-being. These include: Wikigender, Wikichild, Global Progress Research Network and the three regional networks in Africa, Latin America and Europe.

If you would like to join one of the Wikiprogress networks or have any questions, please contact the Wikiprogress team at info@wikiprogress.org.  

View the page.

Knight News Challenge offers $2 million for innovative uses of health data

Published: 08/13/2013

The next Knight News Challenge, which opens Aug. 19, will offer a share of more than $2 million for innovative ideas to harness information and data for the health of communities fcusing on the question:“How can we harness data and public information for the health of communities?” .  The collaborating organizations will be active during the opening “inspiration” phase of the challenge from Aug. 19, when anyone can identify needs, share success stories, post data sets, contribute ideas and more at newschallenge.org. The challenge will be open for entries Sept. 3 through 17.


New indicator-related job posted

Published: 07/30/2013

Check out the Job Board for a new listing from NCoC

New: NAPC Webinar Series

Published: 07/16/2013

July 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m. CT: Introduction to the Affordable Care Act: Are You Ready? 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law and is going to stay! Since the Affordable Care Act  was signed in March 2010, we have seen numerous changes in healthcare, and we can expect to see even greater changes in the coming months, particularly in how we obtain health insurance coverage. Planning Councils around the country have an unprecedented opportunity to partner with their communities to ensure that everyone knows how to get the coverage they need.  Enrollment begins October 1st: Learn about the array of health coverage options and how planning councils can prepare by participating in the upcoming Webinar.

Presenter:  Candace King, Executive Director, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform; Vice President, NAPC
Pre-register here.



2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book just released

Published: 06/25/2013

KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States. KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.  The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.





People, Progress and Participation: How Initiatives Measuring Social Progress Yield Benefits Beyond Better Metrics

Published: 06/18/2013

The authors of this publication examine seven indicator projects, including Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness indicators, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the European Union’s Sustainable Development Indicators, the Jacksonville Community Indicators from the U.S. state of Florida, the New Zealand Quality of Life Project, the South Africa Development Indicators, and the Tasmania Together community consultation and goal-setting process. Although the approaches differ, they share in common the understanding among those driving them that the process by which these measures are selected is itself fundamental to the success of an initiative. Processes that build legitimacy and ownership will produce a better set of measures: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/cps/rde/xbcr/SID-ECFCC74B-C1DB6044/bst/xcms_bst_dms_37947_37948_2.pdf

This report is included in CIC's list of indicator resources:  http://communityindicators.net/publications/show/69


CAN Releases Fourth Annual Community Dashboard Report

Published: 06/01/2013

CAN has released the fourth edition of its annual Community Dashboard report. The report offers a short-list of indicators of the social, health, educational and economic well-being of Austin and Travis County and a summary of the key collaborations and groups working to improve them.

"The good news is, we saw improvement on almost every indicator on the Community Dashboard," said CAN Executive Director Vanessa Sarria. "We do have reason to celebrate, but we also have more work to do and some major challenges to face. First, one of the fastest growth rates in the nation is straining our services and infrastructure. Second, disparity is becoming even more deeply solidified geographically, by race and ethnicity, and among the growing child population. Finally, there is a significant need for access to good paying jobs, affordable housing, and opportunity for people who are low-income."

View the report

List of Presentations from the 2013 NAPC Conference

Published: 04/16/2013

The National Association of Planning Councils just completed its 2013 Conference "Community Planning at the Intersection of People and Places" and has posted the presentations, photos and videos of the conference online:  http://www.communityplanning.org/2013%20Conference.htm

Health Datapalooza coming in June in Washington DC

Published: 04/13/2013

Learn about the newest innovative ideas in health data at Health Datapalooza IV

A Health Data Consortium event

June 3, 2013 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 

Washington, DC

Retabulated 2010 Census Congressional District Summary File

Published: 04/13/2013

2010 Census Congressional District Summary File (113th Congress) — This summary file contains the same subject-matter content as the 2010 Census Summary File 1 — age (including single years of age), sex, race and Hispanic or Latino origin (including detailed population groups), household type, relationship, population in group quarters, whether the residence is owned or rented (tenure) and vacancy status — retabulated for the congressional district boundaries of the 113th Congress. These congressional district boundaries were submitted by state officials following the legislative redistricting that occurred after the 2010 Census. The file provides data for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; congressional districts; and selected geographic entities within the congressional districts: counties, county subdivisions, census tracts, places, American Indian and Alaska Native areas, and Hawaiian home lands. A demographic profile, quick tables and geographic comparison tables from this dataset will be available in the near future.

The release of the 2011 American Community Survey statistics earlier this year and the release of 2012 statistics in September 2013 also provide data for the 113th Congressional Districts. Differences between the American Community Survey statistics and the 2010 Census counts could be attributed to demographic changes since 2010 (births, deaths and migration), survey methodology, data collection differences and population controls, along with other possible factors. For more information on this topic, please visit: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/about_the_survey/american_community_survey_and_2010_census/


You can find more information on congressional districts by visiting the national map and through the redistricting data website. The summary file can be accessed directly in American Factfinder.



Seeking Comments on Enhancing Community-Engaged Research

Published: 10/24/2012

"The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks comments from all key stakeholders in the scientific and public health communities on the development of a research agenda utilizing the community engagement infrastructure developed through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program to achieve its broad clinical and translational goals.  Public comment is sought on the development of a research agenda building on the CTSA community engagement projects, collaborations, and infrastructure to facilitate the conduct of translational research. The Request for Information (RFI) is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-TR-13-001.html and responses will be accepted through 11/15/2012."

New Equity and Social Justice Report Documents across King County

Published: 08/31/2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine this month has called for a community-wide effort to make King County a place where everyone has access to opportunities and the ability to reach their full potential.  “It’s a basic American ideal that personal success should be based upon merit - talent, drive, determination - not upon race, or class, or zip code,” said Executive Constantine. “Our economy depends on everyone being able to contribute, and we must remove the barriers that artificially limit the ability of some to fulfill their potential. Only when all can fully participate can we have true prosperity.” To view the complete Annual Report for King County Equity and Social Justice, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/equity

Knowlege 4 Equity Conference Travel Reiumbursement

Published: 08/30/2012

Deadline is September 15th to be considered for a travel reiumbursement award to the Knowledge 4 Equity Conference. Find more information about the conference, and registration, here.

2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book is Now Available

Published: 07/25/2012

"At 12:01 a.m., on July 25, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book. This report provides information and data trends on the conditions of children and families in the United States. This year’s Data Book uses an updated index of 16 indicators of child well-being, organized into four categories. The new methodology reflects the tremendous advances in child development research since the first KIDS COUNT Data Book in 1990."

We want your feedback on our CI-PM Integration effort!

Published: 05/01/2012

As CIC finishes up a 2+ year project (funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) to advance the integration of community indicators (CI) and performance measures (PM), we are seeking your feedback on this effort. You can learn more about the project here. Then, please take a few minutes to fill out our brief survey. Thank you!

CIC Spring Webinars Announced

Published: 04/11/2012

Three upcoming CIC webinars have been announced, with more to come! Presenters include Melissa Levy, Samantha Becker, Tyler Norris, and Chris Fulcher. Read more and register on the webinars page.

Conference registration now open!

Published: 03/28/2012

Early registration for CIC IMPACT SUMMIT is now open! Don't miss this exciting conference on November 15-15, 2012, at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD (in the Washington DC metro area). For more information, see the conference website.

Give Your Feedback on the ACS Program

Published: 02/22/2012

From Robert M. Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

I would like to invite you to provide your insight and advice on the methodologies employed and products developed by the American Community Survey (ACS) Program. In December of 2010, the ACS program released its first five-year data products. With this important milestone achieved, we decided that a comprehensive assessment of the ACS program was prudent to ensure its continued effectiveness. I commissioned the ACS Program Review Team to plan and implement this assessment. As a key stakeholder and advocate of the ACS program, your assistance will help us obtain a broad and more robust perspective, as we continue to shape our program in the coming years. We are offering the following information sharing and engagement options:

Save the Date for CIC's 2012 Conference

Published: 02/15/2012

The 2012 IMPACT SUMMIT will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 15-16, 2012. For more information, including a call for presentations and award nominations, see the conference homepage.

Comment On Possible Changes to ACS

Published: 01/13/2012

Opportunity to Comment: Proposed American Community Survey 2013 Content Changes and Internet Response



On December 28, 2011, the Department of Commerce published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on possible changes to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) content and data collection, beginning in 2013.


The proposed changes described in this notice include the following:

  • New question topics—computer and Internet usage and parental place of birth
  • New versions of existing question topics—veteran status, period of military service, food stamps, property income and wages
  • A possible Internet response option


The link to the full text of the Federal Register notice can be found on the Operations and Administration of the ACS page.


The deadline for public comment is February 27, 2012.


Additionally, there is a small correction to the email address listed in the notice. Please direct all email comments to jjessup@doc.gov.  (Emails sent to dHynek@doc.gov will receive an out of office message, but will be automatically forwarded.)


If you need information or have questions about the survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.


Thank you,

American Community Survey Office

U.S. Census Bureau



OECD World Forum

Published: 01/05/2012

4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policies: Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies

October 16-19, 2012, New Delhi, India


The Forum website will be established shortly. In the meantime, more details can be found here or email newdelhi2012@oecd.org.

New CIC Board of Directors

Published: 01/03/2012

Congratulations to the new CIC Board of Directors!

As part of the Annual Meeting on December 15, 2011, CIC held its first online election of board members and officers. The results of the election are:

Re-elected to new three year terms:


  • J. Joseph Baldwin, Sr. Researcher/Planner, Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Jose de Jesus Garcia Vega, Prof. of Economics and Director of the Center of Well-Being Studies, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Adam Luecking, CEO, Results Leadership Group LLC, Bethesda, MD
  • Kathy Pettit, Sr. Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Co-Director, NNIP, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC

Newly elected to three year terms:


  • Rita Conrad, Greater Portland Pulse Project Manager, Portland, OR
  • Florence Kabwasa-Green, Management Analyst, County of Monterey, and Research Associate Consultant, The Urban Insitute, Washington, DC
  • Sara Lyons, Program Director, Vital Signs project, Community Foundations of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Chantal Stevens, Performance Management Analyst, King County Auditor's Office, Seattle, WA
  • Ben Warner, Executive Director, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc, Jacksonville, FL
  • Lyle Wray, Executive Director, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Hartford, CT

Elected as Officers:


  • President: Adam Luecking , CEO, Results Leadership Group LLC, Bethesda, MD
  • Immediate Past President: Charlotte Kahn, Director, Boston Indicators Project, The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA
  • Vice President:  Kathy Pettit, Sr. Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Co-Director, NNIP, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
  • Vice President:  J. Joseph Baldwin, Sr. Researcher/Planner, Health and Human Services Coordinating Council for Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Treasurer: Karen Hruby, Executive Director, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, Reno, NV
  • Secretary: Michele Collins, Consultant, New Orleans, LA


View contact information and bios of the new board on the Board of Directors page.

CIC Continues its FREE CI-PM Webinar Series

Published: 11/17/2011

CIC is proud to announce the continuation of it's FREE CI-PM Webinar Series, restarting December 1st. Find out more information and register at our Events Page.

New NNIP Website Launched

Published: 11/01/2011

The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is proud to announce the launch of our new web site!

Visit www.neighborhoodindicators.org today to …


      Learn about ways our 35 local partners have used neighborhood data to tackle particularcommunity issues, such as foreclosures, absenteeism, or food access.

      Discover the lessons from our cross-site projects over the years, including school readiness.

      Explore examples of our partners using national sources of neighborhood level datasuch as the Local Employment Dynamics data or the American Community Survey.

      Watch videos of our last two partners’ meetingswhere we share ideas and lessons from across all of our sites.

      Understand the NNIP model and the process for becoming a partner.

      Find out about the organizations who are members of NNIP, including the types of organizations and how they are supported.

      Check out job openings at partner organizations and related upcoming events.

Todd Park's Health Initiative Overview

Published: 10/31/2011

As part of the US Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, Todd Park (HHS's Chief Technology Officer) recently gave a presentation on their Health Initiative. Video of this presentation, along with other information on the Challenge, can be found here.

CIC Launches 2011-2012 Webinar Series

Published: 10/12/2011

Announcing: CIC 2011-2012 Webinar Series: Indicators in Depth, FREE for CIC Members. Join Sara Lyons, Program Director for Vital Signs Canada on October 27 and November 8 in a two part program to learn about this exciting 30 community initiative!  More information here

2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit

Published: 09/14/2011

Registration for the 2012 Mission-Driven Management Summit is open. Find out more information on our Events Page.

Results Based Accountability Fall Road Show

Published: 09/03/2011

See our events page for more information.

New Data on Residential Segregation

Published: 08/07/2011

New data on residential segregation of the total population and of children in metropolitan areas is now available through diversitydata.org.  Users can compare segregation along several dimensions over the 2000 to 2010 time period.  In addition to the  most commonly used "dissimilarity index" which compares the evenness with which whites and minorities are located across a metro area, users can also explore the extent to which racial or ethnic groups are isolated in neighborhoods with very high percentages of their own group and the extent to which whites and minorities are exposed to each other in neighborhoods. Measures of centralization, spatial proximity, and concentration are also available.

New Partnership for Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project

Published: 06/08/2011

A recent partnership between Data Driven Detroit and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan will help fund and implement the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project; a series of seven social, environmental and economic based research projects. Visit the Data Driven Detroit website for more information.

OECD Unveils an Interactive "Your Better Life Index"

Published: 06/02/2011

Last week, the OECD "unveiled a new, interactive index that will let people measure and compare their lives in a way that goes beyond traditional GDP numbers. Called Your Better Life Index (watch video), the tool is part of a larger OECD Better Life Initiative that aims to measure well-being and progress. The index allows citizens to compare lives across 34 countries, based on 11 dimensions -- housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety, work-life balance -- giving their own weight to each of the dimensions." Find more information here.

OECD Releases Society at a Glance 2011

Published: 04/21/2011

OECD (Oranisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has recently released, "Society at a Glance 2011," it's biennial overview of social indicators. This sixth edition contains updated and new indicators, and a new chapter on unpaid work. Find our more and purchase here.

Washington Post Article on Budget Threat to "Open Government"

Published: 04/20/2011

If you haven't yet, please read Ed O'Keefe's April 17th article, "Budget Cuts Could Close the Door on Obama’s ‘Open Government’ Goal" published here on The Washington Post's website. The piece alarming points out the threat that the recent budget cuts have to Obama's "Open Government" goals, particularly the data collection projects: Data.gov, IT Dashboard, and USASpending.gov.

CDC Releases 'Health United States, 2010'

Published: 02/21/2011

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released it's annual report on trends in health statistics within the United States. This years report features 148 trend tables and 41 charts. It contains a new introductory section called "In Brief," that highlights in detail several pertinent indicators. It contains dozens of section on selected topics, and its yearly special feature focuses on "Death and Dying." You can read the report in full here.

NCES Releases Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2010

Published: 11/29/2010

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2010. Focusing on students, teachers, and principals, the report presents data on crimes occurring in, and to and from, school. The full text of the document can be viewed here.

From the NCES, "The Indicators of School Crime and Safety provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools and school environments and responses to violence and crime at school. It also presents data on crime away from school to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school."

CDC Publishes 120 Updated Data Trends

Published: 11/27/2010

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated 120 Trend Tables in its report, Health, United States, 2009. The list of the updated Trend Tables can be found here. A description of the report, as well as a link to the document, can be found here.

Best Papers from the 2009 CIC Conference

Published: 11/18/2010

A selection of six of the best papers and presentations from the 2009 CIC Conference have now undergone peer review and been published in a special issue of Applied Research in Quality of Life journal. The special issue was edited by Meg Holden and Rhonda Phillips. The papers include the conference keynote lecture from Dr. Stephen Bezruchka of the University of Washington School of Health, entitled "What indicators should be presented to Americans so we don't die so young?" Other papers cover inspiring and insightful developments in indicators work with a focus on community and sustainable development, mental health, youth development, and corporate social responsibility. Their communities of focus span from east to west coast of the United States as well as points in Europe.

New Orleans Community Indicator Index

Published: 09/22/2010

Be sure to check out the recently released New Orleans Index at Five, a project co-created by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center and the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. The index provides a comprehensive examination of 20 key indicators to the region, and also contains seven essays on pertinent community issues as seen through the lens of the data. You can watch a podcast interview with the Brookings Institution's Amy Liu here. In it, she uses data gathered from the Index to share progressive developments that have been occuring in the metropolitan region, while also discussing the remaining challenges that still need to be surmounted.



Worst case Needs report from AHS

Published: 08/19/2010

From: American Housing Survey (AHS) ListServ <ahs@huduser.org>

The 2007 Worst Case Needs report, based largely on the American Housing Survey, has been released and is available for download from HUD USER, at


2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available

Published: 07/27/2010

Community Indicators Consortium is pleased to join the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Outreach Partner. The annual Data Book is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. Please visit the online Data Center, to download the report and create maps, graphs, and charts at the national, state, and local level.

Oxford and UNDP launch a better way to measure poverty

Published: 07/17/2010

London, 14 July 2010: The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University and the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new poverty measure that gives a "multidimensional" picture of people living in poverty which its creators say could help target development resources more effectively.

The new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, was developed and applied by OPHI with UNDP support, and will be featured in the forthcoming 20th anniversary edition of the UNDP Human Development Report. The MPI supplants the Human Poverty Index, which had been included in the annual Human Development Reports since 1997.

The 2010 UNDP Human Development Report will be published in late October, but research findings from the Multidimensional Poverty Index were made available today at a policy forum in London and on-line on the websites of OPHI (www.ophi.org.uk).

Report Reveals National Indicators of the Well-Being of Children

Published: 07/17/2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released "America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010." This report continues a series of annual reports to the nation on the well-being of children in the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, in cooperation with 21 other federal agencies, contributes indicators to the report and supports its production.

According to the report's section on education, eighth graders' average mathematics scale scores increased between 2007 and 2009, as did eighth graders' average reading scale scores. Not all the report's findings were positive, however; the proportion of youth aged 16-19 who were neither enrolled in school nor working increased from 8 percent to 9 percent between 2008 and 2009.

The 2010 Childstats website includes 68 tables and 59 figures that describe the population of children and depict their well-being in the areas of family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

You can view, download, and print the report at http://childstats.gov/

Dr. Alex Michalos Appointed

Published: 07/12/2010

Brandon University is proud to announce that Dr.Alex Michalos has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

He received the honour for his contributions to the social sciences, notably in research that has helped to measure the quality-of-life in Canada and abroad.

"This is a delightful surprise. I wish my parents had lived to see it," says Michalos. "I moved to Canada from the States on July 1, 1966. Became a Canadian citizen in 1973 and 44 year later to the day, obtained this wonderful recognition. Some good luck, eh?"

He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brandon University. He is also the Director of Research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and Emeritus Professor in Political Science at his former institution, the University of Northern British Columbia.

Michalos has published 24 books, over 100 refereed articles, and founded or co-founded seven scholarly journals. Among the seven, he is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Business Ethics, the most frequently cited journal in the world devoted to business ethics, and Social Indicators Research, the first scholarly journal devoted to quality of life research.

He is married to Dr. Deborah Poff, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University.

For more information, please contact:
Brant Batters
Communications Officer
Brandon University
(204) 727-9762


Foreclosure-Response.org Data and Forum Updates

Published: 07/12/2010

Foreclosure-Response.org, an online portal for data and information on foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization brought to you by the Center for Housing Policy, LISC, and the Urban Institute, has released updated data, new online mapping tools, and more resources to help communities address foreclosures and stabilize neighborhoods.
Updates include:
New Data: LISC Foreclosure Needs Scores are now available for March 2010 -- These data allow users to see which ZIP codes within each state have high foreclosure needs.
New Maps for All Data: The site now includes three mapping tools, developed in partnership with PolicyMap, to allow users to map the LISC Scores, HMDA High-Cost Purchase Loan data, and HMDA Market Conditions data.
The HousingPolicy.org Forum's Foreclosure Prevention and Neighborhood Stabilization groups also hosts numerous new discussions including questions about insuring vacant properties, competitive grants for neighborhoods.

CommunityMatters10 Registration Opens

Published: 06/25/2010

Registration for the Community Matters '10  conference in Denver, Oct 5-8, 2010 has opened. Sponsored by the Orton Family Foundation, the conference is a unique four-day innovation-action experience that brings together a coalition of leaders, thinkers and doers committed to building strong, vibrant communities from the ground up. The conference agenda includes novel tools and solutions, instructive discussion and hands-on experiences for citizens and community builders. Frances Moore Lappé, the author of Diet for a Small Planet, is a featured speaker and will offer a rousing call for democracy, collaboration, and grassroots action.

New Census tutorial on employment data

Published: 06/22/2010

OnTheMap is a Census Bureau interactive mapping tool that that allows users to visualize and download small-area employment (Local Employment Dynamics -LED) data.

In 24 minutes, this tutorial demonstrates how to do basic analyses using  OnTheMap with seven years of employment and segmented age, earnings and industry data for local and regional areas in 47 states.

OnTheMap allows users to define custom areas for detailed analyses; illustrate flows of workers across state borders; produce and export reports and maps; view time-series animation over the seven available years of data; and perform Area Profile and Shed Analyses for work and home areas in both local and regional geographies.

Trends in Metro America

Published: 06/11/2010

UI has updated indicators (http://metrotrends.org/data.html) on house prices, employment in the manufacturing sector, job losses, and unemployment in the top 100 metro areas nationwide. House prices continued to fall through the end of 2009 and unemployment remained high, but between October through November of 2009, employment increased. The manufacturing sector, however, continued to shrink as a share of all jobs.  The story is not the same everywhere. As our figures illustrate, trends vary considerably across metros.

New unemployment rate charts: http://metrotrends.org/unemployment-charts.html

New house price charts: http://metrotrends.org/house-price-charts.html

Also new on the site:


  • New Orleans Metropolitan Region: Although public funded rebuilding investments may have staved off some of the worst effects of the recession, New Orleans’ future prosperity remains in question.
  • Challenges for Health Reform: Health reform will have its biggest effects in areas where large shares of the population are uninsured. Since almost two-thirds of the nation’s uninsured live in the top 100 metro areas, it is important to consider possible variation in impacts of health reform across metros.  
  • Jobs Disappearing in Minority and Immigrant Communities: In many large metros with substantial minority and immigrant populations, manufacturing jobs are being replaced by retail and service sector jobs which may not pay as well.


NYT article: Beyond GDP

Published: 06/07/2010

In “The Rise and Fall of the G.D.P.”, Jon Gerner of the New York Times describes the growing movement to expand how we measure progress as a society beyond the traditional indicator of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   It features Chris Hoenig from State of the USA, a nonprofit organization developing a website to provide a single place to track progress across a range of national concerns.

Launch of National Data Catalog

Published: 06/07/2010

Sunlight Labs recently launched their National Data Catalog, an open platform for government data sets and APIs. It makes it easy to find datasets by and about government, across all levels (federal, state, and local) and across all branches (executive, legislative, and judicial). The data here is imported from multiple sources and curated by Sunlight Labs staff. They aggregate sources from: data.gov, data.dc.gov, utah.gov, datasf.org, and the Sunlight Foundation and its partners.  The hope is to expand its reach as the federal government moves forward on its open data agenda and more local and state governments embrace the open data movement.

CIC launches new web site

Published: 05/27/2010

Community Indicators Consortium's Board of Directors is delighted to announce the launch of our new web site. 

While this was a collaborative effort, the website reflects the wise leadership, commitment, and technical skills of CIC Board Member Joe Baldwin, Chair of the Technology and Website Committee. For many months, Joe shepherded the process of rethinking and redesigning the site in order to provide CIC members with new ways to network and learn from one other. Thank you, Joe!

We are also in the process of launching an exciting new searchable on-line database of community indicator projects.

Now it's your turn.  Please help us to keep CIC's new website fresh by:

  1. Sending us your news about reports, research, events or other items of interest to community indicator practitioners so that we can add it to the web site.
  2. Filling out our on-line survey with up-to-date information about your indicators project in order to create a comprehensive listing of projects around the world (see below for information about CIC's on-line searchable database of indicator projects).
  3. Participating in and contributing to learning and networking activities, such as webinars and the CIC conference (planned for March 2011 in partnership with the Public Performance Measurements & Reporting Network; stay tuned!).
  4. And, most importantly, joining CIC or renewing your membership if it's time. (For information about our Members' Only website features and details about how to get involved in CIC activities, please read the message from the Co-Chairs of the Membership, Outreach and Marketing Committee).  

Thank you for your work to advance the art and science of using indicators to improve our communities and our world, and thank you for being a member and supporter of CIC.

With all best wishes,

Charlotte Kahn
President, CIC Board of Directors
Director, Boston Indicators Project

Call for Real Stories

Published: 05/22/2010

We are pleased to announce the 2010 call for Real Stories about communities integrating community indicators and performance measures to enhance the use of data by citizens and public officials for better decision-making to improve overall community decisions. We are in the process of selecting the ten best. The authors will be awarded with $2,000 each when their stories are published. This is part of the ongoing project that CIC is coordinating under a two-year grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to promote, advocate for, and develop a community of practice for integrating community indicators and government performance measures, and for engaging citizens and other key community stakeholders in the process. This expands upon the previous work that identified the benefits and barriers to integrating indicators and performance measures. To learn more CIC’s efforts to promote the integration of community indicators and performance measures follow the CI-PM Integration link.

Urban Institute releases MetroTrends

Published: 04/04/2010

MetroTrends, from the Urban Institute, contains the latest information on social and economic trends in urban America and get seasoned perspectives on what they mean for workers, families, businesses, and neighborhoods. The website includes up-to-date indicators from seven national data sources on conditions and trends in the nation's metropolitan regions and expert commentary on interlocking trends in:

  • employment growth
  • mortgage lending and house prices
  • earnings and material hardship
  • immigration and diversity and
  • the well-being of children

in the top 100 metropolitan areas nationwide. MetroTrends is intended to fuel evidence-based debate about the nationwide impacts of:

  • recession and recovery
  • critical differences among metropolitan regions
  • persistent or emerging disparities among population groups

As economic stresses renew public interest in government policy, MetroTrends is a resource for citizens and policymakers who need timely, reliable information to make sensible decisions, administer programs effectively, vote, and help their own communities go forward. learn more

Canadian Water Indicators Report

Published: 04/04/2010

Currently in Canada, no central location or repository exists for fresh water-related indicators and their associated data. Little attention has been given to characterizing and analyzing the types of environmental indicators currently available in the water sector. A recently released report,  Dunn, Gemma and Karen Bakker (2009). Canadian Approaches to Assessing Water Security: An inventory of indicators. Vancouver BC: UBC Program on Water Governance, fills this gap. The report reviews and evaluates existing fresh water-related indicators in Canada and analyzes the capacity of these indicators to aid decision-making. The report includes an inventory of 365 Canadian fresh water-related indicators, the first of its kind.  The inventory is analyzed and the key gaps and overlaps are highlighted. In addition, we explore the impact of jurisdictional fragmentation in federal and provincial/territorial government on the uptake of indicators. Focusing at the federal and provincial/territorial levels, we identify key drivers and trends in indicator development and identify major obstacles in Canada’s capacity to assess water security. We present recommendations designed to increase the effectiveness of water security assessments in Canada. This policy report, the first in a series, documents and assesses the strength of the indicators currently used in Canada to measure and assess water security, with a focus on both federal and provincial levels. For further information, please contact: Gemma Dunn.

CIC 2009 Conference

Published: 03/08/2010

CIC's 2009 Conference, held Oct 1-2, 2009 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue Washingon was attended by over 175 people and featured more than 75 presentations and workshops on how community inicators are being used to create positve change in communities. Read more.

Boston Indicators Project

Published: 02/11/2010

"Boston Indicators" have released their 5th biennial report: "A Great Reckoning: Healing a Growing Divide", which shows that even in the successful knowledge economy, income inequality has widened. The entire report can be found here.

JCCI's 5th Annual Race Relations Progress Report

Published: 02/07/2010

The "Jacksonville Community Council Inc" has released its fifth annual race relations progress report. The report easures progress toward eliminating disparities in Education, Employment and Income, Neighborhoods and Housing, Health, Justice, and Politics and Civic Engagement, and can be read in its entirety here.

Results of CIC Elections

Published: 02/05/2010

CIC welcomes Jeri Asher, Ted Greenwood and Meg Holden to its Board of Directors.



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