Social Indicators Research

, Volume 131, Issue 2, pp 567–586 | Cite as

Best Practice Principles for Community Indicator Systems and a Case Study Analysis: How Community Indicators Victoria is Creating Impact and Bridging Policy, Practice and Research

  • Melanie T. DavernEmail author
  • Lucy Gunn
  • Billie Giles-Corti
  • Stephanie David


Numerous community indicator projects have been developed over the past 30 years and are now present in many countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America. However, creating influence and action using community indicators requires long-term effort strengthened by partnership, policy applications, training and research. This paper provides a reflective case study analysis that reviews the development of the community indicator system of Community Indicators Victoria in Australia. The analysis includes a review of best practice indicator principles guiding the development of current and future community indicator systems and describes how these factors influenced the development, establishment, and expansion of the Community Indicators Victoria system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie T. Davern
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucy Gunn
    • 1
  • Billie Giles-Corti
    • 1
  • Stephanie David
    • 1
  1. 1.McCaughey VicHealth Unit for Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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