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Course Description


This course presents information designed to help community indicator researchers
(and those who are stepping into this position) enhance their professional knowledge
of the subject matter and become certified as Community Indicator Researchers by
ISQOLS (upon successfully passing an exam). The course contains five modules (chapters).

The first module (Chapter 1) discusses the theoretical foundations of community
indicators research. Five theoretical concepts are described guiding the formulation
of community indicator projects. The second module (Chapter 2) provides an example
of a community indicators project as an illustration of the entire process without
delving too much into details. The third module (Chapter 3) describes the planning
process: how to identify sponsors, secure funding, develop an organizational structure,
select a quality-of-life model, select indicators, and so on. The fourth module
(Chapter 4) focuses on data collection. Two types of data collection are secondary
and primary data collection. The process of these two data collections are described
in some detail.

Finally, the last module (Chapter 5) describes the last stage of the project, namely
dissemination and promotion. Specifically, the module describes how public and research
reports are developed and printed, how the reports are distributed, and how the
reports are promoted through a public relations campaign, E-marketing, and other
forms of promotion.

Chapter Components


This course involves learning material organized in five chapters or modules. Each
chapter has the following:

  • List of learning objectives: Use the objectives to further guide
    you to the major points in these chapters and track your progress.
  • Core concepts: Core concepts related to the topic of the chapter
    are presented in a manner easy to understand and use
  • Summary: The core concepts of the chapter are summarized to highlight
    the important learning aspects in that chapter.
  • Progress Check: Progress checks provide a list of questions that
    help you study for the certification exam.
  • Progress Check Answers: There are also answers to the questions
    pertaining to the Progress Checks at the end of each chapter. Try to answer the
    questions after reading through the chapter before you look at the answers. The
    answers will help reinforce your learning and prepare you for the exam.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Theoretical Foundations

  • Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • The Concept of Personal Utility
  • The Concept of Opulence
  • The Concept of the Just Society
  • The Concept of Human Need Satis
  • The Concept of Sustainability
  • Summary
  • Progress Check A
  • Progress Check A Answers

Chapter 2: An Example

  • Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Initiating an Indicators Project
  • Forming an Indicators Project Cmt.
  • Developing an Initial Set of Indicators
  • Refining the Initial Set of Indicators
  • Validating Objective Indicators
  • Translating System Indicators
  • Disseminating the Findings
  • Summary
  • Appendix A: Indicator Selection Quest
  • Appendix B: Indicators/Data Sources
  • Appendix C: Indicators and Trends
  • Progress Check B
  • Progress Check B Answers

Chapter 3: Planning

  • Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Holding a Feasibility Meeting
  • Developing an Org. Structure
  • The Chair
  • The Steering Committee
  • Task Forces
  • Finding an Org. Conduct Process
  • Securing Funding
  • Deciding on Geog. Boundaries
  • Selecting the QOL Dimensions
  • Criteria for Indicators
  • Process for Selecting Ind.
  • An Optimal # of Indicators
  • Considering Subjective Indicators
  • Developing a Budget
  • Summary
  • Progress Check C
  • Progress Check C Answers

Chapter 4: Data Collection

  • Learning Objectives
  • Secondary Data
  • Dealing w/Time Element
  • Manipulating the Data
  • Primary Data
  • Goals Associated with Survey
  • Survey Questionnaire
  • Sampling/Data Collection Method
  • Validating the Measures
  • Weighting Sample
  • Summary
  • Progress Check D
  • Progress Check D Answers

Chapter 5: Dissemination and Promotion

  • Learning Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Preparing the Indicators Report
  • The Public Report
  • The Research Report
  • Printing the Reports
  • Distributing the Reports
  • Promoting the Reports
  • Public Relations
  • E-Marketing
  • Other Forms of Promotion
  • Stimulating Community Action
  • Translating Outcome Ind.
  • Annual Reviews and Follow-Up
  • Measuring Impact of Ind. Reports
  • Summary
  • Progress Check E
  • Progress Check E Answers

Appendix: Bibliographic Resources

  • Publications
  • Web Sites of Community Ind. Projects
  • Towns, Cities, and Counties
  • Regions
  • States and Provinces
  • Other Web Resources
  • In-house Publications