What are Community Information Systems?
Community Information Systems are web-based solutions, often implemented and supported by a local partnership, that provide a range of end-user functionality from simple reports to sophisticated analytical and data visualization software tools. They are aimed at both internal staff within a partnership (managers, policy-makers, analysts and researchers) and external users (citizens, civic groups, non-profits and businesses). A CIS provides direct access to an evidence-base to improve their decision-making and ultimately support improvement in quality of life in local areas.
Community Information Systems, sometimes known as Local Information Systems, should enable you to integrate community indicators with performance measures. Mobilizing and engaging communities for social change calls for a high quality intuitive presentation across multiple social themes.
Community Information Systems (CIS) bring together a wide range of social, economic and environmental data and information around objectives like:-
- Monitoring the health, social well-being and sustainability of communities through the management of Quality of Life indicators;
- Bringing together government performance indicators and community targeted indicators into a single solution;
- Widening the use of data by citizens and public officials to support decision-making, improve policy and target resources;
- Providing a wider local intelligence context to key performance indicators for government officials; and
- Communicating outcome measures to citizens, stimulating public debate and building confidence in progress towards societal goals.
To see examples of InstantAtlas reports for community indicators – click here