Community Indicators in Action: Using Indicators as a Tool for Planning and Evaluating the Health and Wellbeing of a Community

  • Melanie T. DavernEmail author
  • Sue West
  • Sally Bodenham
  • John Wiseman
Part of the Community Quality-of-Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 3)


Community indicators are summarized or aggregated statistics that include broad measures aimed at measuring the progress of a community but community indicator projects are often criticized for a lack of direct policy and planning actions. This chapter introduces Community Indicators Victoria, a community indicators project located within a southern state of Australia, and describes a successful collaboration with a local government authority in the development of a 4-year Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The chapter describes a practical case study example of how community indicators can be used to develop informed, engaged and integrated community planning.


Local Government Stakeholder Engagement Environmental Determinant Community Wellbeing Community Indicator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie T. Davern
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sue West
    • 1
  • Sally Bodenham
    • 2
  • John Wiseman
    • 3
  1. 1.McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, School of Population HealthUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Community Planning, City of BallaratBallaratAustralia
  3. 3.Melbourne Sustainable Society InstituteUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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