Data Sources
 
 
 
  • Local/Regional
     
  • National/International
 


 
Talking Points
 
 
 
  • There is a lot of local data, but it can be hard to get
     
  • National data is easy to get, but it may not be relevant at the local level


 
Narrative
 
 
 
(These next two sections on data and who is working on sustainability should be modified depending on the interests of the audience. The facilitator should emphasize those that are most relevant to the participants.)

Data for indicators can be found in a wide variety of places, including local government agencies, state government agencies, academic institutions, large government databases, and reports at your local library. In most cases, the more local the source of data, the more relevant it will be to your community.

Finding data sources is a matter of talking to a wide variety of people. If you have succeeded in having a diverse cross section of the community represented in your project, locating data sources will be easier because of the expertise of the people working on the project. Everyone will know at least one potential source of information; some people will know many.

Some specific ideas for data sources can be found on the Data Sources page of Maureen Hart's Indicators of Sustainability web site.
 
 
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