Measuring life quality: the Boston Indicators Project | Kaid Benfield’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

For the past several years, the Boston Foundation has been collecting data on key indicators of the health of the city’s economic, social, and natural environment.  The Boston Indicators Project surveys ten key categories relevant to quality of life:

Civic vitality

Cultural life and the arts

Economy

Education

Environment & energy

Health

Housing

Public safety

Technology

Transportation

The Project also examines six “crosscut topics,” including Boston neighborhoods, children and youth, “competitive edge,” fiscal health, race and ethnicity, and sustainable development.

Every two years, the Foundation issues a report of its findings, and it maintains an extensive website filled with information.  In ambition, the measurements are similar to those of the Vital Signs initiative in Rockford, Illinois, and the “gross national happiness” index pursued by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, as well as to some emerging indicators programs in Victoria, British Columbia, and Seattle.  I’ll mention some of the differences but, first, let’s look at the Boston program.

via Measuring life quality: the Boston Indicators Project | Kaid Benfield’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

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