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The National Association
of Planning Councils (NAPC) is committed to the use of indicators as
a tool for positive change to address community problems and improve
community conditions affecting people's lives.
NAPC has launched a
major new initiative using social indicators to inform and engage people
in addressing the critical health and social issues facing our
Our Social Indicators website,
was created with the assistance of the
Center for Community Solutions (formerly the Federation for Community Planning) in Cleveland, Ohio. It features NAPC's
Leading Social Indicators, sets of health and social indicators
selected by NAPC experts to describe the health and
social condition of a community relative to national standards and other
communities. The website also features Deprivation and Child Welfare indexes and
tables developed by Dennis P. Andrulis, Ph.D., Research Professor at the
State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn.
are reported for the largest metropolitan areas in
the United States as well as for each community in which we have a council
engaged in indicator work.
USING INDICATORS FOR COMMUNITY
NAPC is an information resource for people who want to learn
about "best practice" examples of how communities are using indicators
to improve individual and community health and well-being. We want
to highlight how indicators inform and guide systems changes, support
development of innovative programs, impact public policy decisions, and
track improvements in health and economic status.
NAPC is collecting and disseminating information about effective initiatives and programs
addressing the needs suggested by NAPC Leading Indicators.
complete a survey about successful initiatives and
programs in your community which you know are producing results. Information from this survey will provide valuable insight into the
diversity and scope of work using health and social indicators to address
conditions in different parts of the country.
NAPC encourages its members and
other organizations across the country to submit information about
successful, effective community initiatives and interventions which
are having a positive impact on the community problems suggested by
the selected social and health indicators on this website. If you
have a success story to tell, please complete the following questionnaire,
providing us with information about an initiative that is working in
your community and its documented results. A team of reviewers from
NAPC will select a number of community "success stories" to feature in NAPC materials and presentations. (At this time we are inviting
information about community action initiatives related to the
indicators -- rather than studies, surveys, or indicator projects
focused on collecting and analyzing data.)
Download the survey
questionnaire as a Word file, complete it, then email it to
email@example.com. We greatly appreciate your help.
Background: NAPC's work related to social indicators
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