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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: August 1, 2005
CONTACT: Jodi Levin: 510-444-3041 x 316

REDEFINING PROGRESS' POPULAR COMMUNITY INDICATORS HANDBOOK
NOW AVAILABLE IN ITS SECOND EDITION

Oakland, Calif.—Recognized as a powerful, informative tool for community groups looking to foster well-being where they live, Redefining Progress is proud to announce the publication of the second edition of the Community Indicators Handbook. The Handbook, which is available as a PDF download for $25 or in a binder for $50, can be ordered at www.rprogress.org/cihb.

Nearly a decade after the publication of the first Community Indicators Handbook, the world of community indicators has changed. Indicator advocates are implementing creative tactics and fashioning innovative approaches to monitoring trends in small towns and urban centers. In counties, states and regions of all shapes and sizes, they are deciphering crucial connections between persistent problems, and initiating collaborations across regional boundaries.

No longer simply monitoring tools, indicators are making change. Alan AtKisson, former Executive Director of Redefining Progress, writes in his Forward, “Indicators have without a doubt helped to raise awareness about key trends in pubic health, the environment, social capital and economic development. [T]he community–level indicators movement is once again pushing the frontier of innovation as communities are beginning to use their indicators to …think systemically …and strategically …and to develop consensus on what must be done, and why.”

The 2nd Edition of the Community Indicators Handbook highlights these efforts and the impacts of indicators as they instigate progress. Along with insights and analysis, the new Handbook maintains the basic process for developing effective indicators, and provides information and references to get started in your community or reinvigorate your indicator project.

The Community Indicators Handbook, 2nd Edition, includes:

  • Key steps for developing a successful indicator project.
  • Insights into what we’ve learned from projects in communities large and small, rural and urban.
  • Case studies featuring projects that, along with many other goals, work to revitalize neighborhoods, enhance public health and improve education.
  • Profiles of indicator organizations that demonstrate a range of approaches to implementing indicators, and are available to share information or exchange ideas.
  • Best practices and innovations of community indicator organizations, and how they are moving toward collaborative efforts and action initiatives.
  • Listings of helpful resources, data sources, and a sample menu of indicators and categories for reference.
  • The local and regional application of Redefining Progress's innovative environmental and economic sustainability indicators, the Ecological Footprint and the Genuine Progress Indicator.

As the nation’s leading institute dedicated to smart economics, Redefining Progress develops solutions that help people, improve the economy, and protect our environment. Redefining Progress conducts objective research about how economic policies and business practices impact people’s lives; pioneers practical tools and metrics to help policymakers, businesses, communities, and individuals understand the impact of their practices on people and the environment; and champions smart, forward-looking policy solutions.

For more information on Redefining Progress or the Community Indicators Handbook, please contact Jodi Levin, at (510) 444-3041 ext. 316, or visit www.rprogress.org/cihb.