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Best Practices in Community Quality-of-Life Research

(a Book Series by Springer Published in Cooperation with ISQOLS)

This book series focuses on best practices in the area of community quality-of-life (QOL) indicators. The first volume of this book series (edited by M. Joseph Sirgy and co-edited by Dong-Jin Lee and Don Rahtz) was published already as part of the Social Indicators Research Book Series. The second volume (edited by M. Joseph Sirgy and co-edited by David Swain and Don Rahtz) was also published as part of the Social Indicators Research Book Series. The third volume (edited by M. Joseph Sirgy and co-edited by Rhonda Phillips and Don Rahtz) was published as an ISQOLS monograph (paperback version), to be re-published as part of part of the proposed book series. The same editors of volume 3 (M. Joseph Sirgy, Rhonda Phillips, and Don Rahtz) have produced the fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes in this series.

Aims and Scope of the Series: Many planners in various communities (cities, towns, and rural areas) mostly in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe have developed community indicators projects to guide the community development efforts. These community indicators projects involve the planning and selection of community QOL indicators (both objective and subjective), data collection, and the reporting and wide dissemination of the results to inform community leaders and public policy officials. Once a system of indicators is in place, the community indicators organization uses the same system of indicators to collect future statistics to monitor community well-being. Indicators of community well-being typically include a variety of subjective and objective indicators capturing economic, social, health, and environmental well-being.

The community indicators project is a growing movement worldwide. Much evidence suggests that many cities, towns, rural communities, municipalities, and larger regions (e.g., several adjoining counties, cantons, provinces, and states) either have a community indicators project in place or planning to develop one. The proposed best practices book series is designed to help the planners and researchers in those localities launch their own community indicators project (if they do not have one in place) or improve on their existing project.

Target Audience: Community/urban/rural planners, community planning councils, community indicators researchers, and academics working in the area of community indicators and well-being world-wide.


Book Series Editor: M. Joseph Sirgy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA, sirgy@tv.edu


Editorial Board: M. Joseph Sirgy (Virginia Tech, USA), Rhonda Phillips (Arizona State University, USA), Don Rahtz (College of William and Mary, USA), Alex Michalos (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada) , Dong-Jin Lee (Yonei University, Korea), David Swain (Jacksonville /community Council, Inc., USA), Ben Warner (Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., USA), and Charlotte Khan (The Boston Indicators Project, USA)