WHAT IS THE TUOLUMNE COUNTY PROFILE?
This is the second Tuolumne1 (too-all-uh-me)
County Profile – a Community Indicators
Project. The goal of this project is to inform,
inspire, and even provoke. This is achieved
by presenting sound, unbiased information on
the issues our community identified as important
to our quality of life. More than 100 community
members worked together to create this document.
We are inviting the community to immerse themselves
in this information, talk about it, and use
it to make our county an even better place
to live, work and visit.
The Profile presents long-term trends of economic,
environmental, and social well-being. Credible
change can only be observed with solid comparisons.
Therefore, we made every attempt to measure
the same indicators in 2008 as we did in 2005,
while assuring that they were still valid and
understandable. Additionally, in response to
an evaluation of the first Profile, we added
the Arts and Heritage chapter.
Every three years, this information will be
measured, compared to the previous reports,
and presented to the community. We will also
evaluate the use of this document and use the
findings from this evaluation to refine our
Copies of the survey report are available
in printed form throughout the county, on compact
disc (CD) from the Sonora Area Foundation,
and on the website listed on the bottom of
each page of this document.
The value of the 2005 Profile can be documented
by the distribution of more than 4,500 printed
copies, 200 CDs, and the thousands of hits
to the website. An evaluation of the 2005 Profile
showed us that the uses were varied, and included:
- Increasing awareness and advocacy for specific
- Leveraging grant funding
- Recruiting employees
- Building networks with other groups, and
creating new partnerships and trust
- Generating additional and more in-depth
research on timely issues
- Getting beyond perceptions and opinions
to data-driven decisions
- Informing decision-makers such as elected
- and business owners for planning and investment
- Reallocating resources