Changes Coming to PAS in 2017

Starting January 1, all digital publications from PAS — APA’s flagship research brand — will be free to all APA members. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS.

For current APA members, it’s a terrific new benefit. For some nonmembers, joining APA becomes a cost-effective option. For others, APA is introducing a new PAS subscription at one affordable rate.

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At the Inquiry Answer Service, we answer, on average, more than 300 questions for our subscribers each month. We consult a variety of sources to create a custom response — which may include APA publications, sample ordinances and plans, articles and literature from partner organizations, and the most current information available online — for each question.

Each month, we choose one question to feature here, so you can see what your peers around the country are asking and how we answered. PAS subscribers also have access to the You Asked. We Answered. Archive.

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How are cities using indicators and metrics to track progress toward community goals?

What key performance indicators/metrics initiatives have larger city planning departments or cities have undertaken recently? How are they sharing this information with residents and stakeholders?

We Answered.

Community indicator measurements provide information about the interplay between social, environmental, and economic factors affecting a community’s well-being. When combined, they provide insight into the overall health of a community.

Many cities have now created online dashboards featuring indicators that allow residents to track how the city is performing in a wide range of areas. Going beyond simple "quality of life" reports, many of these indicator metrics are tied to community goals from comprehensive, sustainability, or strategic plans. Indicator categories may include themes such as "Innovative Vibrant and Caring Community" (Bellevue), "A City That Moves" (Calgary), "Environmental Health" (Fort Collins), "Family Well-Being" (San Antonio), or "Resiliency and Economic Prosperity" (San Diego). Below is a list of online performance indicator dashboards from U.S. and Canadian cities.

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