2nd Biennial ISIN Meeting
March 13-16, 2003, Toronto
Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability:
Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
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From Community Indicators to Community Sustainability: Embedding Indicators in Community Improvement Efforts
Thursday, March 13, 2003
12:00 - 4:20 p.m.
Lunch will be provided
Metro Hall, Toronto
Room 304
ISIN members: US$75
non-members: US$175
Chris Paterson,
Community Initiatives, LLC and
Lee Hatcher,
AtKisson, Inc.
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  • Why should we develop indicators?
  • How will indicators improve our processes, decisions and outcomes?
  • What else do we need to do or develop so that our indicators will be used effectively as a tool for long-term community improvement?
As the popularity of indicators has grown, so too have community leaders and practitioners become more sophisticated in their questions regarding the strengths and limitations of indicators as a tool for moving towards sustainable community outcomes. It is no longer enough to simply presume that developing a "good" set of indicators will somehow promote positive change within a community. Fortunately, there is an emerging understanding about how indicators can and do play important roles within larger community improvement processes.
Chris and Lee will give brief presentations on their experience developing indicators with communities and organizations. They will co-facilitate discussions and workshop exercises eliciting the participants' experiences, discussing lesson's learned, and exploring long term needs.
Through this 4-hour workshop, participants will:
  • Examine their assumptions for how to produce desired community change, paying particular attention to their assumptions regarding the appropriate roles and impacts of community indicators;
  • Review an emerging set of lessons regarding how and when indicators can be an effective tool for influencing community decision-making and sustainability outcomes;
  • Compare and evaluate their assumptions about how indicators affect community sustainability against a model for community change used successfully in hundreds of communities across North America;
  • Practice using specific sustainability indicator tools (e.g., the Compass Index); and
  • Identify core competencies, systems and capacities necessary to fully utilize indicators and to realize long-term community health, well-being and sustainability.
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