new issue of Making Waves

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From: Don McNair <mcnair at cedworks.com>

The new edition of "Making Waves: Canada's Community Economic 
Development Magazine" offers special coverage of the use of indicators 
and benchmarks in community economic development. Find a summary 
of its contents below. For more information, including sample articles 
from this and past editions, visit www.cedworks.com (go to "Making 
Waves").  

Apologies for cross-postings.

CONTENTS

SMARTER COMMUNITIES

Benchmarks and indicators, if well designed, applied, and managed, 
can have a major payoff in local empowerment and revitalization. Paul 
Reed, senior social scientist at Statistics Canada, makes the case not 
for "indicator projects," but for building community information 
infrastructure.  

INDICATORS AT WORK  

What's the venue for your use of indicators? A social enterprise? A 
development corporation? At whatever scale you intend to apply 
indicators, five tasks are key.  

WHAT REALLY WORKS  

To judge the effectiveness of a project or program fairly, track its 
performance on the one hand, and on the other, the results which it and 
other initiatives are intended to realize.  

DOWN WITH DYSFUNCTIONAL MEASUREMENT!  

Public policy and programs in local development tend to see the trees, 
but not the forest - the realization of vital, self-reliant communities. Here 
are two frameworks that will connect public investment to real progress 
in community renewal among Aboriginal Canadians.  

WORKS IN PROGRESS  

When indicators get applied to community development, there is a 
trade-off between technical standards and local engagement. Too often 
that trade-off favours the former. Two initiatives in the Pacific Northwest 
show how to make indicators integral to community-based planning and 
change.  

BEST PRACTICE BLUES

What's the point of a Best Practice so good that no-one can afford to 
use it? A CED practitioner looks for ways to re-introduce practicality to 
social accounting.  

Don McNair
Making Waves: Canada's CED Magazine
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