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Community Indicators and the Collective Goods Criterion for Impact

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Common wisdom holds that communities can accomplish more when people find ways to work together. However, such nuanced sensibilities can be difficult to measure. This is true in the field of community indicators as well as its allied fields of social movements, collective impact, catalytic philanthropy and community coalitions. Due to the elusiveness of evaluation techniques some in the social movements field have argued for a definition of success based on the collective goods criterion (CGC). In this chapter we explore the case of Syracuse, New York on the occasion of its achievement of seven years of positive change in its key community indicator of the four year graduation rate. Though it would be difficult to claim that Syracuse’s community indicators project, CNY.vitals, caused this change, we explore how a CGC approach can be used to examine how the measurement mentality that accompanied the community indicators project is associated with collective benefits that have accrued to members of the community in terms of cultural capital, philanthropic investment and governmental policy change.

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    dataZoa is a web based tool that automates data updates for community indicators websites (https://www.datazoa.com/about/about.asp) and Results Scorecard (now renamed Clear Impact) is web based platform for setting goals and tracking progress toward movement of indicators in desired directions (http://resultsscorecard.com/).

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    Graduation Rates in the Syracuse City School District Continue to Climb Published on January 12, 2016 http://www.syracusecityschools.com/districtpage.cfm?pageid=3243.

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    Syracuse graduation rate reaches 55% for 1st time in 8 years. Published January 14, 2016. Syracuse Post Standard. http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2016/01/syracuse_graduation_rate_reaches_55_percent_highest_in_8_years.html.

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Appendix: Community Activities Building Toward Collective Impact in the Central New York Area

Appendix: Community Activities Building Toward Collective Impact in the Central New York Area

Arts, culture, and recreation

IDEAS Arts Collaborative

http://weare.cnyarts.org/programs/ideas-collaborative/

CNY ARTS

http://weare.cnyarts.org/

Engage CNY

http://weare.cnyarts.org/programs/engagecny/

Civic engagement

Consensus CNY: The Commission on Government Modernization

https://www.facebook.com/ConsensusCNY/

Demographics

Syracuse refugee alliance

http://www.myhopeprint.org/refugee-alliance/

Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS)

http://www.acts-syracuse.org/

Economy

CNY employment consortium (supported employment)

https://www.destinyusa.com/press-releases/cny-employment-consortium-sponsors-abilities-fair-at-destiny-usa/

Upstate revitalization initiative

http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/12/central_new_york_a_winner_in_cuomos_15_billion_upstate_revival_initiative.html

Greater syracuse HOPE—Healing, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment (anti-poverty initiative)

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/01/new_anti-proverty_group_forms_in_syracuse.html

Greater Syracuse Works (GSW)

http://www.greatersyracuseworks.org/

Education

Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County

http://onliteracy.org/

early childhood alliance

http://www.nyfunders.org/Tools/BroadCaster/Upload/Project111/Docs/ECA_Coordinator.pdf

literacy zones

http://198.36.22.200/about/curriculum/AdultEducation/literacyZones

Success by six

http://unitedway-cny.org/success-by-6/

Environment, transportation, and planning

Green & healthy homes

http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/get-help/find-ghhi-site

Interstate 81 challenge

http://thei81challenge.org/

Housing

Housing and Homeless Coalition of Syracuse and Onondaga County

https://www.facebook.com/hhccny

Human services and health

Syracuse area domestic & sexual violence coalition

http://www.verahouse.org/coalition

Human services leadership coalition

http://hslccny.org/

Public safety

Cuse cares

http://www.localsyr.com/news/cuse-cares-shares-progress-and-struggles-with-violence-prevention

Trauma response team

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26282564

In this together

http://falk.syr.edu/MarriageFamilyTherapy/documents/2015/TraumaFlyer.pdf

syracuse truce

http://www.syracusetruce.com/syracusetruce/

Fight crime invest in kids

http://www.fightcrime.org/syracuse-area-police-chiefs-visit-preschool-back-early-education-cut-crime-d1566/

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Ridzi, F. (2017). Community Indicators and the Collective Goods Criterion for Impact. In: Holden, M., Phillips, R., Stevens, C. (eds) Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases VII. Community Quality-of-Life and Well-Being. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54618-6_3

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