Community Indicators

PAS Report 517

By Rhonda Phillips, FAICP

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Community indicators help planners evaluate and monitor the full range of factors — social, environmental, economic, and more — that affect the well-being of a community or region.

This report reviews the use of indicators in planning practice and explores their relationship to citizen participation, quality of life, and sustainability. It summarizes the types and scale of indicators and describes how to identify, select, and develop indicators that are appropriate for a particular community. Rural and urban examples show how planners have used indicators in their practice. Includes an annotated list of resources and web links.

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Jan. 1, 2003
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Underlying Philosophy and Evolution

The Context for Indicators Projects

Citizen Participation and Community Indicators

Types and Scales of Community Indicators

Criteria for Selecting Successful Indicators

Implications fo Planning

Identifying and Selecting Indicators for Community Development: Case Studies

Some Final Thoughts

Tools and Resources

Appendix A. List of References