California Progress Project
Community indicators are tools to measure a community's well-being.
Quality of Life Indicator projects promote and monitor progress
toward sustainable vitality, quality and inclusion for the economy,
environment, and people (equity) across the 3 E's. The indicators
may range from the crime rate in an area to the soil drainage capacity,
but all can help regions to track and prioritize their own distinct
strengths and challenges. This data is also a catalyst for civic
engagement, educating and mobilizing residents and policymakers
to action in their communities.
California's Regional Collaboratives
(RCs) have been at the cutting edge of innovation in the emerging
field of Regional Quality of Life Indicators. Through a recent
report (2.9 MB, PDF) documenting California's 14 projects
and a network of practitioners, CCRL is working to build the capacity
of current and new indicator projects.
The report, titled Telling
Our Story, Measuring Our Progress: California's Regional Quality
of Life Indicator Projects, serves as a best practice and technical
resource, documents what has been learned at a regional level,
analyzes and compares data sets across regions, identifies emerging
issues of policy importance through the development of new indicators,
and lays the groundwork for a community of practice.
With the plethora
of projects that have sprung up in California, there is much to
be gained from working more closely together and sharing resources
within the state. CCRL is working with CALCOG and some of California's regional Councils of Government to develop
a region-based statewide indicators report, the first of its kind
in California. Check this website and the CalRegions
newsletter for future developments.