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Sources_and_Resources_for_Community_Infodoc - Indicators Resources

    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.