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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.

Speakers

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

When

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)

Pricing:

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. 

Presenters: 

  • 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

Presenters:
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.

Register

 

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 …

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      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

http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/affhsg/wc_HsgNeeds07.html

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.
KIDSCOUNT Data Center

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

communications@brandonu.ca

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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