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    Sources and Resources for Community Information Development

    Prepared by Warren Dow, Ph.D.

    Under the auspices of

    The Centre for Applied Social Research, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

    and

    The Canadian Centre for Community Development, Port Alberni, B.C.

    September 2003

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................ 3

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ....................................................................................................................................... 4

    PART 1: RESOURCES FOR THOSE WANTING TO ASSESS THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR

    COMMUNITIES OR THE IMPACTS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS ............................. 5 SECTION 1: GUIDES OR RESOURCES GEARED MORE TO PRACTITIONERS ................................................................ 5 Introductory Articles or Tip Sheets on Selecting Community-Level Indicators ................................................ 5

    Guides on How to Assess the Impacts of Projects, or Reviews of such Guides ................................................. 6

    Manuals on how to conduct Community-Level Assessments for Economic Development Projects.................. 10

    Portal Sites or Databases on Community or Sustainability Indicators Projects ............................................. 13

    SECTION 2: CASE STUDIES OR REPORTS WITH DATA ON COMMUNITY OR REGIONAL LEVEL INDICATORS

    INITIATIVES IN PARTICULAR COUNTRIES, PROVINCES, OR TYPES OF COMMUNITIES............................................. 16 Canadian Projects ....................................................................................................................................... 16

    Pan-Canadian projects or Portal Sites........................................................................................................................ 16

    Alberta projects ....................................................................................................................................................... 18 British Columbia projects ......................................................................................................................................... 19 Manitoba projects .................................................................................................................................................... 21 New Brunswick projects .......................................................................................................................................... 22

    Newfoundland and Labrador projects ....................................................................................................................... 23

    Nova Scotia projects ................................................................................................................................................ 23 Ontario projects ....................................................................................................................................................... 24 Prince Edward Island projects .................................................................................................................................. 27

    Québec projects ....................................................................................................................................................... 27 Saskatchewan projects.............................................................................................................................................. 28 Projects on Crime Related Issues .............................................................................................................................. 29

    Projects on Cultural Development or Impact Issues ................................................................................................... 30

    Projects in Forestry-Dependent Communities in particular ........................................................................................ 31

    Projects on Minority or Ethnic Issues ........................................................................................................................ 35

    Projects on the Quality of Work................................................................................................................................ 35

    Projects on Social Capital or Social Cohesion Indicators, or Analyses of their Significance for Community Development or Health Promotion (both in Canada and elsewhere) ........................................................................... 36

    Community-Level Indicator Projects in Other Countries .............................................................................. 39

    Australian or New Zealand Projects .......................................................................................................................... 39

    United Kingdom Projects ......................................................................................................................................... 40

    United States Projects .............................................................................................................................................. 42 Reports or Resources on National or International Level Indicator Projects ................................................. 44

    Australia .................................................................................................................................................................. 44 Canada .................................................................................................................................................................... 44 Europe ..................................................................................................................................................................... 46 International Comparisons or Portal Sites ................................................................................................................. 47

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    United Kingdom ...................................................................................................................................................... 50

    United States ........................................................................................................................................................... 51

    SECTION 3: MORE ACADEMIC OR SCHOLARLY REVIEWS OF COMMUNITY OR NATIONAL INDICATORS PROJECTS .. 51

    Academic Research only available in Journals or Books .............................................................................. 57

    Studies of the Impact or Use Made of Quality of Life or Related Reports ...................................................... 61

    Studies of Results-Based Performance Measurement on the part of Government Departments or Whole Governments ............................................................................................................................................... 62

    PART 2: REPORTS AND RESOURCES FOR ASSESSING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OR

    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ......................................................................................................................... 63

    SECTION 1: GUIDES OR RESOURCES GEARED MORE TO PRACTITIONERS .............................................................. 63 Guides or Manuals on Gauge a Region‟s Environmental Health or Sustainability ........................................ 63 Portal Sites on Sustainable Development or Environmental Health ............................................................. 65

    SECTION 2: CASE STUDIES OR REPORTS WITH DATA ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OR SUSTAINABILITY OF

    PARTICULAR REGIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 66

    Data or Reports on the development of Environmental indicators in Canadian Regions................................ 66

    Data or Reports on the development of Environmental indicators in Other Countries ................................... 70

    Australia .................................................................................................................................................................. 70

    European and International Comparisons .................................................................................................................. 70

    United Kingdom ...................................................................................................................................................... 71

    United States ........................................................................................................................................................... 71

    SECTION 3: MORE ACADEMIC DISCUSSIONS OR ANALYSES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES OR

    PRINCIPLES ...................................................................................................................................................... 73

    PART 3: GUIDES OR RESOURCES FOR CONDUCTING COMMUNITY-LEVEL ASSESSMENTS FOR

    HEALTH PROMOTION PURPOSES .............................................................................................................. 76

    SECTION 1: GUIDES OR RESOURCES GEARED MORE TO PRACTITIONERS .............................................................. 76 Manuals on how to conduct a Community-Level Assessment to Promote Health ........................................... 76

    Bibliographies and Portal Sites ................................................................................................................... 79

    SECTION 2: CASE STUDIES OR REPORTS ON HEALTH PROMOTION PROJECTS OR MEASURES IN PARTICULAR

    COUNTRIES, PROVINCES, OR TYPES OF COMMUNITIES ........................................................................................ 80 Case Studies, Research Papers or Policy Briefings on Health Promotion Projects........................................ 80

    Government Sources of Information on the Population‟s Health Status ........................................................ 83 REPORTS OR SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR PARTICULAR TYPES OF HEALTH OR DEMOGRAPHIC ISSUES ............ 86

    Aboriginal Issues......................................................................................................................................... 86

    Aging or Seniors Issues ............................................................................................................................... 87

    Child or Youth Development or Health Issues .............................................................................................. 88

    Gender or Women‟s Issues .......................................................................................................................... 92

    Mental Health Issues ................................................................................................................................... 95

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Introduction

    This document is a compendium of resources which are nearly all currently freely available on the Internet which concern the measurement of the well-being or sustainability of a community, region or even nation in order to evaluate the potential impact or need of a program or policy.

    The three principal areas covered in this inventory are those reports or resources pertaining to the quantitative evaluations of a community‘s (or even nation‘s) Quality of Life; Environmental

    Health or Sustainable Development; and Health Status. Some more specific subtopics are also covered, such as aboriginal, gender, and mental health issues; social capital; and determining the priorities for development or environmental health of forestry-dependent regions in particular.

    It consists of hundreds of annotated links to various manuals, reports, studies, tables, or other types of readings on projects which have either developed, applied, or assessed Community-, 1Neighbourhood-, Regional-, National-, or International-level measures or indicators to those

    topics. It also lists many ―portal‖ sites which feature their own links to such resources. Although it concentrates on Canadian resources as much as possible (many of which are available both in English and in French, with the links for both often being provided), it also draws extensively on items produced in the United States, the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

    Its main target audience is Community Economic Development (CED) practitioners wanting to find existing models and resources to learn how to use concrete measures to establish a need for their own programs, assess their impacts, or advocate for some policy change. Its secondary audience is researchers and policy makers, who may want to keep abreast of the field or help the practitioners develop better assessment tools. In addition, the general public may also be interested in finding out about and seeing some of the scores of reports which are now available on the state of different communities‘, ecosystems‘, populations‘, and nations‘ well-being.

    These target audiences have guided both the selection of the materials included within and their subsequent organization in a number of ways. First, assuming that the CED organizations are community- rather than academically- based and are as cash-strapped as most small, service-oriented Canadian nonprofits are, the focus here has been almost exclusively on locating the free

    resources available online, rather than on identifying the print literature which is generally only available for purchase or in university libraries. Only a few hardcopy resources have been included, where they seemed apt to be especially helpful to practitioners. Considering the relatively short ‗shelf-life‘ of most internet materials, however, this has also meant that most of the materials included here have been published since 2000. Nevertheless, for those who want to consult older works or delve deeper into the academic literature, there is plenty to work with here, because many of the portal sites listed below explicitly reference such works (especially the 2annotated bibliographies), as do a great many of the scholarly reviews.

     1 ―Indicator – specific, descriptive items of information that are used to track changes in a condition or function of a community, agency, or family,‖ from, Scales, From A to Y: Almost Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to

    Ask, by the CSBG (Community Services Block Grant) Monitoring and Assessment Task Force Scales and Ladders Committee September, 1999, online at www.roma1.org/files/rtr/scalesA-Ybw.pdf 2 There are several of these included here (just search for ―annotated bibliography‖ in this document), including Social

    Indicators: An Annotated Bibliography on Trends, Sources and Developments (1960-1998), by Stephen Gasteyer and

    Cornelia Butler Flora, North Central Regional Center For Rural Development, Iowa State University, 1998, online at www.ag.iastate.edu/centers/rdev/indicators/sitemap.html

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    Given the sheer volume of items, the materials in each part have been organized according to three main groupings in order to expedite the end-users‘ searches. The more practical, ‗how-to‘

    literature appears first. This is followed by a myriad of examples of reports or sources of information from researchers which have actually provided concrete measures of the health or welfare of some population or region(s), for the practitioners to draw on, or for researchers, policy makers or the general public to consult. The more theoretical items which review such measurement studies or analyze how they were done or could be done better, appear last.

    Finally, as noted, the focus here is on concrete measures or indicator-related resources primarily for those interested in establishing the baseline states of affairs (or ―benchmarks‖) of a region,

    setting the targets for desired changes, and tracking the outcomes for community-level or regional programs. A fair number of regional, provincial, national, and international projects and sources using indicators have also been included, not only to serve as sources of comparable data for local community-level projects, but also to provide instruction on the perils, pitfalls, and lessons learned on the way to developing indicator-based assessments. But there are three related areas which each have a comparable amount of literature on them (if not vastly more), which have only been covered in passing, if at all. One addresses what constitutes an adequate quality of life at the individual level (which is particularly relevant to the medical and disabilities literature); this area has pretty much been completely omitted here. The others involve applying benchmarks and indicators at either the organizational level (comparing one firm‘s efficiency or

    costs in a given performance area such as human resources to an industry standard, e.g. an area

    often known simply as ‗benchmarking‘), or at the governmental level (tracking the performance

    of large Ministries or entire Governments the area known as results- or performance-based

    management or accountability). The organizational benchmarking literature has also been excluded here, and there is only a smattering of the available literature included on measuring government performance. For a recent paper which knits several of these areas together, however, see Performance Measurement, Development Indicators, & Aboriginal Economic Development,

    by Mike Lewis and R.A. Lockhart for the Centre for Community Enterprise, April, 2002, on this site at www.cedworks.com/cgibin/loadpage.cgi?571+OBMmain.html#contents

    Acknowledgements

    The preparation of this inventory was aided considerably by a number of similar projects: 1) The United States of America: Developing Key National Indicators, by Martha Farnsworth

    Riche, the former Director of the US Census Bureau, for the Forum on National Performance

    Indicators, hosted by the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2003

    (online at www.gao.gov/npi/usadkni.pdf);

    2) ―Identifying the Current Status of Indicator Work in BC: A Research Project,‖ an

    unpublished draft report created by James Strain of Royal Roads University for The Center

    for Community Enterprise in 2002, and a bibliography from the Center‘s own Community

    Resilience Manual (available at www.cedworks.com/bookstore/toolsandtechniques.html)

    3) the ―Key References‖ compiled by the Neighborhood Indicators/Community Data Working

    Group, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, http://faculty.gvsu.edu/hoffmanm/nicdwg/reference.html

    4) various other portal sites listed herein.

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    Part 1: Resources for those wanting to assess the well-being of their

    communities or the Impacts of Economic Development Programs Section 1: Guides or Resources Geared more to Practitioners

    Introductory Articles or Tip Sheets on Selecting Community-Level Indicators Creating Community Capacity to Use Indicators, by David Murphey, of the Vermont Agency of

    Human Services, a paper prepared for the Conference, "Key Indicators of Child Well-Being: Completing the Picture,‖ June 14-15, 2001, Washington, DC, online at

    www.ahs.state.vt.us/0106CreatingCommunityCapacity.htm and see also his Growing an

    Outcomes-Based Culture with Communities, a presentation to a Meeting of the Health and

    Human Services State Grantees: Advancing States‘ Indicator Initiatives, May 30-June 1, 2001,

    www.ahs.state.vt.us/0106OutcomesCulture.htm

Developing Indicators and Benchmarks, by the National Guide to Sustainable Municipal

    Infrastructure, a project of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the National Research Council, Dec. 2002, although geared more to cities to develop roads and sewers, is a good introduction to the topic www.infraguide.ca/docs/DevelopingIndicatorsandBenchmarks.pdf

Indicators of Community Sustainability, by David S. Liebl, Dana R. Fisher, et al., University of

    Wisconsin-Extension, Jan. 1998, www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/html/indicators_of_cs.html part of

    their Sustainable Community Development Manual, www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/sus/index.html

Means, Ends, Indicators: Performance Measurement in the Public Sector, Policy Brief No. 3.,

    www.iog.ca/publications/policybrief3.pdf by Mark Schacter, Institute on Governance, Ottawa, April 1999.

    Selecting Performance Indicators, one of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation TIPS by the USAID Center for Development Information and Evaluation. 1996 www.usaid.gov/pubs/usaid_eval/ascii/pnaby214.txt

Using Social Indicators in Community Development Workshop Proceedings, the summary of a

    session from the CDI [Community Development Institute] 2002 (an annual continuing education series put on by SPARC-BC, the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia, in Vancouver), online at www.sparc.bc.ca/supportitems/social_indicat_cdi_02_notes.pdf

    The What and Why of Indicators, by J. Dumanski, (Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ottawa, Canada) and C. Pier (World Bank, Washington D.C., USA), abstracted from a 1996 conference presentation Application of the pressure-state-response framework for the land quality indicators (LQI) programme; online at www.cquest.utoronto.ca/env/env200y/ESSAY02/indicators.htm

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    Guides on How to Assess the Impacts of Projects, or Reviews of such Guides Basic Impact Assessment At Project Level, by the Enterprise Development Impact Assessment

    Information Service (EDIAIS), a program of the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), of Manchester University, and Women In Sustainable Enterprise Development Ltd. in the U.K., June 2001. This 36 page tutorial on how to evaluate the impacts of a CED project is online along with two related manuals, Strategic Impact Assessment and

    Enterprise Development and From Impact Assessment to Sustainable Strategic Learning, at

    www.enterprise-impact.org.uk/overview/index.shtml See also the 38 page Impact assessment:

    an overview, by Colin Kirkpatrick, David Hulme, Linda Mayoux, Caroline Pinder, Tertia Gavin and Clive George, online at www.enterprise-impact.org.uk/pdf/CoreText.pdf (or in MS Word at

    www.enterprise-impact.org.uk/word-files/CoreText.doc ) They also offer many other evaluation

    and planning resources at www.enterprise-impact.org.uk/informationresources/toolbox.shtml

The Canadian Outcomes Research Institute www.hmrp.net/CanadianOutcomesInstitute based

    in Calgary specializes in training human services organizations how to do outcome based evaluations. It offers a number of downloadable tutorials which collectively form a manual and some links, at www.hmrp.net/CanadianOutcomesInstitute/Resources.htm as well as some web-

    based software and a database for organizations to share their benchmark data, in its HOMES-Muttart Research Project and the HOMES Database, which is supported by the Muttart Foundation www.hmrp.net/CanadianOutcomesInstitute/HMRP.htm

Community Action Resources for Inuit, Métis, and First Nations: a Toolbox by Health Canada,

    in five parts, circa 1998, including Toolbox, Assessing Needs, Planning, Finding Resources, Making it Happen, and Evaluating, www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hecs-

    sesc/cds/publications/index.htm#public_aboriginal Also available in French at www.hc-

    sc.gc.ca/hecs-sesc/sca/publications/index.htm#public_aboriginal

The Community Toolbox, by the University of Kansas, especially Chapter 3. Assessing

    Community Needs and Resources http://ctb.lsi.ukans.edu/tools/EN/chapter_1003.htm and Ch. 1,

    sect. 5: Our Evaluation Model: Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

    http://ctb.ku.edu/tools/en/sub_section_main_1007.htm

Enjoying Research? A 'How-To' Manual on Needs Assessment , and the Statistics Booklet, by

    Diane Abby-Livingston and David S. Abbey, for the Recreation branch of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, 1982, available from the Leisure Information Site www.lin.ca/lin/resource/html/sp0070.htm

The Essentials of Survey Research and Analysis A Workbook for Community Researchers, by

    Ronald Jay Polland, Ph.D, for the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program of the Grant, Duval County Health Department, Texas (?), 1998, available online in separate chapters at www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/~polland/qbook.html

Evaluation made Very easy, Accessible and Logical, by K. Farell, M. Kratzmann, S. McWilliam,

    N. Robinson, S. Saunders, J. Ticknor, and K. White, Dalhousie University 2002. As The Health Communication Unit at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto notes (see

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    reference below), this was ―created as part of a graduate course at Dalhousie University in measurement and evaluation…to provide an accessible, user-friendly evaluation resource guide

    for community-based organizations. Basic definitions, frameworks, and examples from community, academic and internet resources are included.‖ A large, 1.5 mg file online at www.medicine.dal.ca/acewh/eng/reports/EVAL.pdf

Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects on Poverty: A Handbook for Practitioners, by

    Judy L. Baker, LCSPR/PRMPO, for The World Bank, Washington, DC May 2000. Available in pieces at www.worldbank.org/poverty/library/impact.htm (also in Spanish and Russian) or in one

    installment at: www.worldbank.org/poverty/library/impact.pdf

    The Evaluation Tool Kit, a lengthy resource by The Western Valley Development Authority, a CED agency in Nova Scotia, online in five parts at www.wvda.com/en/etk/index.html

The Evaluation Tool kit series by HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada). Available at

    http://www11.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/pls/edd/toolkit.list (in English) or (in French at

    http://www11.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/pls/edd/toolkit.list_fr?p_site=EDD ) Features four reports:

    AHRDA [Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements] Capacity Self-Assessment;

    Evaluation Tool Kit Focus Groups; Quasi-Experimental Evaluation; The Design of Summative Evaluations for the Employment Benefits and Support Measures (EBSM); and User Guide on

    Contracting HRDC Evaluation Studies.

    Evaluation Resources, a set of annotated links by The Health Communication Unit at the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto

    www.thcu.ca/infoandresources/evaluation_resources.htm which included many downloadable

    documents of their own, as well as links to other associations, manuals, listservs, and more.

Getting Focused, Getting Real: Measuring Success in Asset - Based Community Development;

    and Evaluating Asset-Based Community Development: Measuring the Success of IDA, Microlending and Affordable Housing Programs, by Edward T. Jackson (and Tatyana Teplova,

    for the latter), an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Training, Investment and Economic Restructuring, at Carleton University, prepared for the Voluntary Sector Evaluation Research Project, Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, Ottawa, 2002 and 2003. These are fairly brief reviews of what is involved in measuring the impacts of some CED projects, with links to local and international projects which have done so, and examples of some methods. They are both available online at www.vserp.ca/research.html

    Guidelines for Impact Monitoring in Economic and Employment Promotion Projects with Special Reference to Poverty Reduction Impacts, by Martina Vahlhaus and Thomas Kuby, for

    GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), an agency of the German government, in Eschborn, March 2001 Available in two parts (Part I: Why Do Impact

    Monitoring? - A Guide, 38 pp., and Part II: How to Introduce and Carry Out Impact Monitoring

     Tips, Methods and Instruments, 84 pp.) at www.gtz.de/forum_armut/english/c05.htm For more

    detail, including worksheets and tutorials on statistical methods, see also the 182 page Guidelines

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for Impact Monitoring & Assessment in Microfinance Programs by Birgit Schäfer of Hohenheim

    University, also for this agency, published in Sept. 2001, at www.gtz.de/themen/economic-

    development/download/guidelines-in-microfinance-programmes.pdf

The Handbook for Conducting a Community Assessment, by the Social Research Unit,

    Community and Social Development, City of Calgary, originally published Dec. 1997, and still available in hardcopy for $10 from http://calgaryonlinestore.com/detail.asp?prod_id=40 but also

    online in many sections at

    www.calgary.ca/cweb/gateway/gateway.asp?GID=395&CID=0&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent%2Ecalgary%2Eca%2FCCA%2FCity%2BHall%2FBusiness%2BUnits%2FCommunity%2BStrategies%2FPublications%2FCommunity%2BAssessment%2BHandbook%2Findex%2Ehtm

Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Program Evaluation, by Vijayendra Rao

    and Michael Woolcock, for The World Bank, Washington, DC, Aug. 2002; chapter 8 of their forthcoming Toolkit, "Techniques and Tools for Evaluating the Poverty Impact of Economic Policies." http://poverty.worldbank.org/files/12930_chapter8.pdf

    The Learning Evaluation And Planning (L.E.A.P.) Support Manual: Guidance notes and tools for trainers and support workers, by Alan Barr, the Scottish Community Development Centre, 2002, online at www.scdc.org.uk/leap/support_manual.pdf is meant as a companion to their

    hardcopy works available at: www.scdc.org.uk/leap_index.htm

The Measures for Community Research database www.aspenmeasures.org of The Roundtable on

    Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families of The Aspen Institute, in Washington DC, ―includes descriptions of primary data collection instruments, such as survey instruments, interview protocols, and self-assessment guides,‖ and sometimes the survey

    instruments themselves are available for download.

Measuring Impact: A Guide to Resources, by Susan Wainwright, National Council of Voluntary

    Organisations (NCVO), London, UK, Jan. 2003, a 30-page overview of the strengths and weaknesses of several outcome research manuals or studies geared to the nonprofit sector, includes a good bibliography www.scvo.org.uk/research/reports/Measuring_impact-

    a_guide_to_resources.pdf

    Measuring Results in Community Development: An Exploration of Participation and Network Capacity Domains, by Brenda Simpson and Cesar Cala, for the Alexandra Community Health Centre, Calgary, Oct. 2001. A description is at:

    www.thealex.ca/publications_measuringresults.html and the actual report is at:

    www.thealex.ca/publications/Measuring_Results_In_Community_Development.pdf

See also his more scholarly 2003 paper with Shaohua Chen, Hidden Impact? Ex-Post Evaluation

    of an Anti-Poverty Program, for the topic of this discussion applied to an actual case, in China, at http://poverty.worldbank.org/files/14038_hidden_impact.pdf

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Measuring the Impact of the Nonprofit Sector, an anthology edited by Patrice Flynn and Virginia

    A. Hodgkinson (N.Y.: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2002), available for purchase from www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-46547-7 and described at www.flynnresearch.com/measuimp.html

Outcome Mapping: A Method for Reporting on Results Facilitation Manual for IDRC (Draft), by

    Sarah Earl and Fred Carden, of the International Development Research Centre Evaluation Unit (Sept. 1999), part of the documents presented at Telecentre Evaluation: A Global Perspective:

    Report of an International Meeting on Telecentre Evaluation at Far Hills Inn, Québec, Canada - September 28-30, 1999, online at www.idrc.ca/telecentre/evaluation/nn/01_TOC.html See also

    the Understanding the Role of Community Telecentres in Development A Proposed Approach

    to Evaluation report by Anne Whyte, which applies a similar framework to the concrete case of a calling centre CED project.

Program Evaluation Resources / Links: www.smartprogramevaluation.com/HTML/Links/social-

    science-program-evaluation.html

Pathways to a Healthy Community: Indicators and Evaluation Tool Kit, by the Ontario Healthy

    Communities Coalition, in Toronto. Discusses 19 evaluation and indicator tools used in North America, with a User‘s Guide detailing how to select the tool most appropriate one to their needs,

    how to obtain copies of the various tools, with an annotated bibliography of other tools and resources, and an annotated list of evaluation/indicator web sites and a list of local contacts for folks working on evaluation/indicator initiatives around Ontario. In two parts at www.healthycommunities.on.ca/resources/pathways/index.html

A Review of Impact Assessment Tools, by Anton Simanowitz, for Imp-Act, in Brighton, UK, Sept.

    2001; a 35 page working paper reviewing the pros and cons of various toolkits geared to assessing the outcomes of job promotion or micro-credit programs in international development. Available online at www.microfinancegateway.org/download/Toolsreview2001.doc

    The Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families of The Aspen Institute, in Washington DC has several publications available for download or purchase from www.aspeninstitute.org/Programt3.asp?bid=1247

    ; New Approaches to Evaluation Community Initiatives, Vol. 1: Concepts, Methods, and

    Contexts, edited by James P. Connell, Anne C. Kubisch, Lisbeth B. Schorr, and Carol H.

    Weiss (1995); and Vol. 2: Theory, Measurement, and Analysis, edited by Karen Fulbright-

    Anderson, Anne C. Kubisch, and James P. Connell (1998)

    ; Voices from the Field: Learning from the Early Work of Comprehensive Community

    Initiatives (1997)

    ; Voices from the Field II: Reflections on Comprehensive Community Change, by Anne C.

    Kubisch, Patricia Auspos, Prudence Brown, Robert Chaskin, Karen Fulbright-Anderson, and

    Ralph Hamilton (2002)

    Sustainable Measures (formerly Hart Environmental Data) a consulting firm in North Andover, MA, offers free Indicator Training materials, a searchable Database of indicators, Explanations

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    of indicators and sustainability, and a List of online and print resources, at www.sustainablemeasures.com

The Voluntary Sector Evaluation Research Project (VSERP), www.vserp.ca a partnership

    between the Centre for Voluntary Research and Development at Carleton University, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, the United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada, Volunteer Canada, YMCA Canada, CCAF-FCVI Inc., the Max Bell Foundation, Community Foundations Canada, and the Philanthropic Foundations Canada, features an annotated databases of resources and reports on evaluation at http://datasource.vserp.ca/vserp/resources.lasso

The World Bank‘s Poverty Net Document Library has many abstracts and downloadable papers

    on evaluating community development and poverty reduction programs, such as some of those listed above at: http://poverty.worldbank.org/library/topic/3373

    Manuals on how to conduct Community-Level Assessments for Economic Development Projects

    Assessing Quality of Life and Living Conditions to Guide National Policy, edited by Michael R.

    Hagerty, Joachim Vogel, Valerie Møller, Volume 11 of the Social Indicators Research Series

    published by Kluwer Academic publishers in Holland, July 2002. This is a fairly costly ($127-US plus shipping for the hardcopy version, and $159 for the electronic version) 432 page book whose contents are shown on its publishers page at www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-1100-8 and at

    the Academic Research only available in Journals or Books section appearing below.

Community Level Outcomes An Overview of Measuring Incremental Change Using Scales

    [and] Determining Return-On-Investment, by Eleanor Hunnemann and Frederick Richmond, of

    Positive Outcomes, in Harrisburg, PA, 1997, a ResultsOriented Management and

    Accountability (ROMA) Training Program provided to the Missouri Community Services Block Grant Colloquium Truman State University; Kirksville, Missouri June 17 and 18, 1997. www.roma1.org/documents/MO/CommLevelOutcomeModule.PDF

     There are many other resources available for those engaged in results-based accountability (i.e., entailing outcome measures) programs geared to helping low income people become more self-

    sufficient, through the ROMA: Results Oriented Management and Accountability clearinghouse

    site, at www.roma1.org such as Community Scales: A Ladder to the Twenty First Century, a

    working paper from the CSBG (the Community Services Block Grant) MATF Committee on Scales & Ladders to the CSBG Monitoring and Assessment Task Force, July 1, 1997 (also by Positive Outcomes, at www.roma1.org/files/rtr/communityScale.pdf) and Scales, From A to Y:

    Almost Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask, by the CSBG Monitoring and

    Assessment Task Force Scales and Ladders Committee September, 1999, online at www.roma1.org/files/rtr/scalesA-Ybw.pdf

Community Quality of Life: How to Carry Out a Community Quality of Life Project A

    Community Quality of Life Manual, by the Quality of Life Research Unit, University of Toronto, described at and available for purchase from www.utoronto.ca/qol/manual.htm

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