Children's Services Council of Broward County: A Real Story of Community Indicators-Performance Measures Integration

Published: 10/14/2010

October 14th, 2010. In our continued effort to provide real life examples of how communities have tried to integrate CI-PM, we presented another webinar of a real story integration project in another community. The project focused on Broward County, Florida, which encompasses Fort Lauderdale and 30 adjacent cities and has a population close to 1.8 million people. In 2000, the community's voters approved creating the Children's Services Council (CSC), an independent tax district that uses community indicators and performance measures to advocate for improving children's quality of life, and to provide the resources necessary for their healthy development into adulthood. In addition to presenting its data publicly, CSC uses a variety of tools such as community wide summits and budget forums to ensure that scarce resources support the community's priorities. This project represents a variety of lessons learned, including: the value of community planning and data to guide action to address community needs; the importance of supporting leaders who see the value of data and work to create the necessary community changes; and that collaborative funding as well as actions taken by community partners that do not require funding, is vital to making community-wide improvements. There is much to learn from the project and the challenges it still faces are indicative of the ongoing, ever-evolving process of integration projects.

Speakers (Click on names for brief bios:

  • Sue Gallagher, Director of Research, Analysis, and Planning; Children's Services
    Council of Broward
  • Gloria Putiak, Planner/Research Analyst, Children's Services Council of Broward

A recording of the webinar can be found here. You can download a copy of the PowerPoint used in the presentaion here.

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