Strategic Planning for Communities Count (King County)

Report by Communities Count
August 2013

Public Health - Seattle & King County   (Seattle)

COMMUNITIES COUNT is a collaborative effort among public and private organizations since 1997 to provide key measures of population and community indicators for King County.  The organizations involved are Public Health-Seattle & King County (our NNIP partner), City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department, City of Renton, City of Seattle Human Services Department, King County Department of Community & Human Services, The Seattle Foundation, and United Way of King County.

This background document provides information on the project's 2013 strategic planning process.  The plan begins with four questions:

  1. What is the role of Communities Count?
  2. Who are our current audiences?  What other audiences might be able to use Communities Count?
  3. What is our unique value?
  4. If we still offer real value to King County audiences, what’s the best way to sustain our operation?

The document notes changes that have occurred since the early 2000’s that affect the role of indicator projects. It also identifies sources of information to address the key questions, and some preferences that have emerged already.  Finally, it identifies specific issues to address in the strategic planning process.