Indicators

What is an indicator? 

An indicator is a piece of information selected with the intent to be objective, that helps regular people understand whether things are getting better or worse.  

How were the indicators chosen? 

There are a large number of indicators that could have been included in the framework. The final list was the culmination of the comprehensive and inclusive process undertaken by the project team and included:

  • the over arching research question
  • the Community Indicators Queensland draft framework of indicators
  • correlation with International and Australian experiences and research 
  • focus group discussion 

Given that the driving question was to explore the link between socio-economic disadvantage and community resilience, the majority of indicators chosen are relevant to community and social well-being.  It is acknowledged other indicators such as ecology, infrastructure and governance are integral to a broader measurement of a community’s life. A range of relevant economic indicators were also chosen, for example, the SEIFA index, employment and unemployment rates and economic diversity. However, the project scope limited the choice to those that targeted social and human elements of community resilience.

The set of indicators is intended as a starting point for local governments and communities to identify the issues and indicators which are of most importance and relevance to them.  More details of the indicators can be found under the metadata section of this site.

In order to be included in the framework, the indicators and measures met the following guidelines. Indicators are:

  • relevant and valuable to the community;
  • are substantiated by current research
  • measure progress towards community resilience
  • likely to provide information about the future and/or early warning signs of problems;
  • can be measured over time to show results;
  • supported by consultation feedback

The indicators and measures included in Community Resilience in Queensland will help to provide a clearer picture of a community and how the community is tracking in key areas.  In some cases, the picture presented will challenge existing wisdom and assumptions about specific issues.  For this reason, the indicators include a mix of subjective and objective measures, allowing perceptions to be considered alongside objective measures.