Nova Scotia Community Counts is a publicly accessible website that provides data about Nova Scotia communities free of charge. Through the site, communities can explore the social and economic circumstances in which they live. A community embodies a wide range of characteristics. Nova Scotia Community Counts presents socio-economic and other data that illustrate the unique nature of each community. With easily accessible information, Community Counts also allows comparisons of community resources among regional, provincial, and national levels to present a more complete picture of Nova Scotian communities.

Training Session – May 17, 2011 – Lawrencetown – 9:00am-12:00pm – beginners; 1:30-3:00pm – “what’s new”
To register, or request a training session in your area or for your department or community group, contact: communitycounts@gov.ns.ca or visit the website: http://www.gov.ns.ca/finance/communitycounts/

Background Information from their website: “All too often, policy, program and operational decisions are made in government, in organizations, and in business, without adequate information. This is simply because the data is not available, cannot be accessed in time, is out of date or cannot be properly related to the situation at hand. Community Counts is designed to support evidence-based decisions in general. In particular, it provides information to help with planning to improve the health and well-being of Nova Scotians and contribute to making our communities sustainable in the 21st century. Good public decision-making needs good data, and the data provided through Community Counts can benefit many key government program and community planning initiatives.”

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