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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Telling Our Story, Measuring Our Progress: California's Regional Quality of Life Indicator Projects (2003)

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Executive summary:

This report is an inventory and analysis of the growing field of practice for Regional Quality of Life Indicator Projects in California. Indicator projects are growing in popularity throughout the state, and indeed the nation, as a valuable tool to:

  • Identify and track community conditions
  • Measure progress towards shared goals
  • Mobilize action to improve community outcomes

While there is a great deal of activity and interest in this field of practice, and work is occurring across many important issue areas, it is very loosely organized and connected. The purpose of this project is to document the state of the field so as to enhance technical capacity; improve opportunities for collaboration within and across regions, systems, and resources; and work more effectively with the state government, an important information provider and partner.

This project is a partnership between the California Children and Families Association (CCAFA) and the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL). CCAFA's members are the 58 County First Five Commissions, funded by the Prop 10 tobacco funds to support healthy children and families and to promote school readiness, the best predictor for success later in life. They participate in county children's report card projects, which measure progress and improve accountability for results. CCRL provides program and policy support to a statewide network of 21 Regional Collaboratives (RCs). The RCs are conveners and coordinators of civic governance and community initiatives within their regions, working on cross-cutting issues such as regional growth planning, shared economic prosperity, workforce preparation, education reform, and infrastructure. 14 of the RCs have indicator project initiatives.