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The Fox River Region Leading Indicators for Excellence: The Benefits and Challenges of Regional Collaboration

  • Lora H. Warner
  • Ashley A. Heath
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Part of the Community Quality-of-Life Indicators book series (CQLI, volume 4)

Abstract

Philanthropic partners in three metropolitan areas of Northeast Wisconsin collaborated to study quality of life using a mixed-method approach that enabled them to develop common indicators. The research was done in such a way that data could be aggregated regionally, shared and analyzed collectively, and compiled into a comprehensive report for the entire region. With the LIFE Study (an acronym for Leading Indicators for Excellence), each metro area compiled secondary, public opinion, and qualitative data to provide a rich data resource for its community and create a dashboard of leading indicators. Triangulation of the data revealed strong themes of local strengths and areas of concern. The Fox River Region LIFE Study demonstrates the feasibility of a collaborative project to compile data on quality of life at the regional level and offers a number of insights that will assist others in designing an approach that leads to regional action.

Keywords

Focus Group Metropolitan Area Secondary Data Community Condition American Community Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public and Environmental Affairs DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin Green BayGreen BayUSA
  2. 2.Center for Public AffairsUniversity of Wisconsin Green BayGreen BayUSA

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