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M. Joseph Sirgy

Community Quality-of-Life Indicators

  • PRO
  • 9 h 08 min
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary, Social Sciences & Humanities, Statistics & Data Analysis
  • 199
  • Certificate included

What is the course about?

This course is designed to help community indicator researchers and those who are stepping into this position enhance their professional knowledge of the subject matter. 

The course contains ten modules.

The first module is essentially an introduction to the course. 

The second module discusses the theoretical foundations of community indicators research. Five theoretical concepts are described guiding the formulation of community indicator projects.

The third module provides an example of a community indicators project as an illustration of the entire process without delving too much into details.

The fourth and fifth modules describe 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 sixth and seventh modules focus on data collection and data analysis. Two types of data collection are described: secondary and primary data collection. The process of these two data collections is described in some detail.

Finally, the eighth, ninth, and tenth modules describe the last stage of the project, namely dissemination, promotion, and follow-up. Specifically, these modules describe how public and research reports are developed and distributed, and how they are promoted.

Course content

Chapter 1
Welcome Video
Learning Objectives Module 1
Community Indicators
Community Indicators Projects
Chapter 2
Theoretical Foundations
Learning Objectives Module 2
The Concept of Personal Utility
The Concept of Opulence
The Concept of the Just Society
The Concept of Human Need Satisfaction
The Concept of Sustainability
Chapter 3
An Example
Learning Objectives
Initiating an Indicators Project
Forming an Indicators Project Committee
Developing an Initial Set of Indicators
Refining the Initial Set of Indicators and Collecting Data
Validating Objective Indicators with Subjective Ones
Translating System Indicators into Program and Policy Indicators
Disseminating the Indicators' Findings
Chapter 4
Learning Objectives
Holding a Feasibility Meeting
Developing an Organizational Structure
Finding an Organization that Will Conduct the Process
Securing Funding
Developing and Sustaining a Budget
Chapter 5
Making Decisions about Indicators
Learning Objectives
Deciding on the Geographic Boundaries and Units Within
Selecting the Quality-of-Life Dimensions
Selecting the Quality-of-Life Indicators
Putting things Together (Secondary Data)
Considering Subjective Indicators (Primary Data)
Chapter 6
Data Collection
Learning Objectives
Secondary Data
Primary Data
Chapter 7
Data Analysis
Learning Objectives
Data Variables and Measurement Scales
Statistical Analysis
Developing a Composite Index
Data Mining
Chapter 8
Data Reporting
Learning Objectives
The Public Report
The Research Report
Translating Outcome Indicators into Action Indicators
Chapter 9
Learning Objectives
Printing and Distributing the Reports
Launching a Public Relations Campaign
Conducting E-Marketing
Other Forms of Promotion
Stimulating Community Action
Chapter 10
Learning Objectives
Annual Reviews
Measuring the Impact of Indicators Reports

What will you learn?

Students taking this course will gain: 
• a theoretical foundation to guide the development of community indicators projects
• knowledge of how to plan a community indicators project
• knowledge of how to collect and validate data and insight into how to best utilize primary and secondary data
• knowledge of how to prepare, promote, and disseminate community indicators reports
• knowledge of how to stimulate community action and measure the subsequent impact of the community indicators project.

What is the target audience?

  • Community planners
  • Researchers working in nonprofit organizations
  • Consultants who want to specialize in community indicators research
  • Researchers in local government agencies who wish to receive additional training in developing indicator systems related to a particular domain such as public health, the environment, etc.
  • Academic researchers who are interested in developing research and/or teaching expertise in this area

What prior knowledge is required?

A college degree with a major in any of the social, behavioral, administrative, and policy sciences could help the student easily navigate through this course

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