Vital Community Indicator Projects

Vital communities are places where residents work together and achieve a balance of positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes. As rural communities face ongoing changes it is important that leaders and residents pay close attention to community vitality. By focusing on vitality, leaders can figure out exactly where coordinated community action and strategic planning is needed during tough times.

Oregon State University Extension Services and Oregon State University's Rural Studies Program has partnered with communities in a multi-year process to define community goals, operationalize those goals into data points and targets, collect data, and measure progress towards goals. With a set of goals and a clear way of measuring the attainment of those goals, community leaders can initiate or continue policies and programs designed to bolster vitality.

Vital Tillamook Indicators Project

Tillamook County 2020 Strategic Vision: 2009-2014 Indicator Assessment Executive Summary

This executive summary provides an overview of a collaborative effort of the Tillamook County Futures Council and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program developed 50 indicators of Tillamook County: 2020 Strategic Vision in order to gain insight into the community-level definition of community vitality and to learn how close Tillamook County is to realizing the goals set forth in the vision. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, | Publication

Tillamook County 2020 Strategic Vision: 2009-2014 Indicator Assessment Report

This report details a collaborative effort of the Tillamook County Futures Council and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program developed 50 indicators of Tillamook County: 2020 Strategic Vision in order to gain insight into the community-level definition of community vitality and to learn how close Tillamook County is to realizing the goals set forth in the vision. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, | Publication

Tillamook County 2020 Strategic Vision: 2009-2014 Indicator Assessment

This presentation summarizes a collaborative effort of the Tillamook County Futures Council and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program developed 50 indicators of Tillamook County: 2020 Strategic Vision in order to gain insight into the community-level definition of community vitality and to learn how close Tillamook County is to realizing the goals set forth in the vision. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, | Presentation

Vital Vernonia Indicators Project

Vernonia Community Indicators of Vitality: 2013 Report

This document is a report on the Baseline Vital Vernonia Indicator Project, an effort aimed at exploring community vitality in Vernonia, particularly in light of recent catastrophic floods and subsequent rebuilding and community development initiatives. The Vital Vernonia Indicator Project is a collaboration of Oregon State University Extension Service, Rural Studies Program, and the community of Vernonia. The Vernonia Prevention Coalition sponsored this work.

By Amy Grotta, | Publication

Vernonia Community Indicators of Vitality: 2013 Baseline Assessment Executive Summary

This document summarizes the Vital Vernonia Indicator Project, an effort aimed at exploring community vitality in Vernonia, particularly in light of recent catastrophic floods and subsequent rebuilding and community development initiatives. The Vital Vernonia Indicator Project is a collaboration of Oregon State University Extension Service, Rural Studies Program, and the community of Vernonia. The Vernonia Prevention Coalition sponsored this work.

By Amy Grotta, | Publication

Vital Wallowa Indicators Project

The Vital Wallowa Indicator Project: 2009 Summary

This document summarizes a collaborative effort of the Wallowa Resources, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program to develop indicators of Wallowa County community vitality in a way that reflects the goals and values of the community, measure vitality with indicators, and assess the vitality with indicator data and community input. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, Mindy Crandall | Publication

The Vital Wallowa Indicator Project: 2009 Report

This report details a collaborative effort of the Wallowa Resources, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program to develop indicators of Wallowa County community vitality in a way that reflects the goals and values of the community, measure vitality with indicators, and assess the vitality with indicator data and community input. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, Mindy Crandall | Publication

The Vital Wallowa Indicator Project: 2009 Assessment

This presentation summarizes a collaborative effort of the Wallowa Resources, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District and Oregon State University faculty members jointly affiliated with Extension Service and the Rural Studies Program to develop indicators of Wallowa County community vitality in a way that reflects the goals and values of the community, measure vitality with indicators, and assess the vitality with indicator data and community input. Funding was provided by the Ford Family Foundation.

By Lena Etuk, Mindy Crandall | Presentation

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