Posted by: Francis Koster Published: May 28, 2009

Tracking Quality of Life: The JCCI Quality of Life Progress Report

Tracking Quality of Life:  The JCCI Quality of Life Progress Report


Since 1985, JCCI has been developing a system to track indicators of the quality of life in Jacksonville, Fla. and surrounding communities. Tracking both positive and negative trends, this "community progress report" provides an ongoing analysis of the region. The annual report also helps monitor the effectiveness of solutions proposed by JCCI's studies and other initiatives.

The Quality of Life Progress Report measures over 100 indicators in nine areas, or elements, of the quality of life in Jacksonville, including education, economy, natural environment, social environment, arts and culture, health, government, transportation and public safety.

An annual survey, donated by American Public Dialogue, provides additional information on the community's perception of the quality of life. Detailed reference data, including charts and graphs, are also provided for those who wish to explore these trends further. The document serves as a roadmap for community improvement, telling us where we are, how far we’ve come and where we need to go.

Here is an example of just one indicator from the “natural environment” section of the report:


Fig. 1 - St. John's River compliance with fecal-coliform bacteria standards.

And here is another:

Fig. 2 - Births to Teenage Mothers, per 1,000 births.


JCCI has been a pioneer in developing and using indicators to measure community progress and is recognized around the world for its work. The report is updated annually, and often drives the agenda of local government and other groups. The Pew Partnership for Civic Change, the United Nations, the international Community Indicators Consortium and the National Association of Planning Councils have highlighted JCCI's work.

The United Way of Northeast Florida and the City of Jacksonville are major funders of the Quality of Life Progress Report, which has an annual cost of $135,000. The majority of the work in collecting the data, analyzing it, and presenting it to the community is done by citizen volunteers, with the support of a small professional staff.

Production costs include printing of the report; the creation of a CD-ROM with the full report, reference data, and other important information; and posting the report on the JCCI website.


For more information:

Jacksonville Community Council, Inc.
2434 Atlantic Boulevard Suite # 100
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Phone:  (904) 396-3052
Fax: (904) 398-1469

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