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What has Changed in Your Community?

See Pages 6 and 7 of your
Community Social Profile

Explore what's changing in your community, in your CSP. You can Share it others, Engage it with reflective questions, Dig Deeper into background research and national trends, or Apply it to your setting with worksheets and workshops. Choose an option to suit you.

Download your CSP and share
Churches can download a copy of their CSP using their Admin Key on the NCLS website. The pdf file can be saved, emailed, uploaded, or a selection of pages can be printed from it.

Screen shots for power point and newsletters
Using the pdf version of your CSP, you can use the “Take a Snapshot” edit function in Adobe Acrobat Reader, to copy a section and paste it into a document or a power point presentation.

Questions to ask about your Community’s Change Over Time
As you look at your Change Over Time chart on page 7:
• Which characteristics are much lower than in 2006?
• Which characteristics are much higher than in 2006?
• Which characteristics have shown little or no change since 2006?
• Is there anything here that surprises you?
• Is there anything here that you feel you need to explore more deeply?
• Which of your church’s ministries might be affected by this information?

Prepare a report on your CSP
You might like to use the questions above or Worksheet 5 in your Workbook to summarise key points to share with others in your church or community. 

What has changed?
These pages in the Summary Overview show how your local community has changed over a five-year period across the twelve key demographic indicators.

Each indicator is statistically tested to determine how large the change has been between 2011 and 2006. This is not about the overall size of a group; it is a test of the degree of change over time

There are a number of clues to help you determine the size or degree of change that happened in your local area between 2006 and 2011.

Length: The longest arrows point to where the degree of change is largest between 2011 and 2006.
Double or single arrowheads: Much change is shown by double arrowheads, whereas moderate change is shown with a single arrowhead.
Direction: Arrows pointing to the right show an increase since 2006. Arrows pointing to the left show a decrease since 2006.
Colour: Red colours show a higher result in 2011 compared with 2006. Yellow colours show a lower result. Orange indicates little or no change.

If there has been little or no change in the indicator between 2006 and 2011, then the indicator remains on the centred bar.

More about Change Over Time in Detailed Review
Later in the CSP there is information about how hundreds of indicators have changed. Every table also contains the percentage in 2006 and a symbol, based on statistical tests, that identifies the degree of change.

These symbols can help you easily determine where change has taken place. Double and single arrows pointing to the left or right show the size and direction of change. Little or no change is shown with an equals sign (=). You will then need to determine how significant this change is in your context.

See the Community Social Profile Guide for more information, including Technical Notes and how to understand Tables, Maps and Graphs. [See p. 9 of Guide]

Workshop processes to use with teams to walk through your CSP
There are various Workshop Processes in your Workbook to plan effective ways to improve your connections to the wider community.

Worksheets for use
A selection of Worksheets are available in your Workbook to use alongside your CSP, to look at your community, chart connections and apply the information.

The CSP, Workbook and Guide can be accessed online by those churches who purchase their Community Connections Pack. Enter your Admin Key under "Administer Your Church". Your Admin Key was included on the cover letter in your Pack.

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