Community Health Check - Feb 2019

Alfred Widmann • 5 March 2019

As we are interfacing on an online platform we have user data we can use to help build a sense of what is happening on the network. Overall February has been more active than January. Key metrics have all increased in comparison to the previous month. For instance, there were 100 more users in February (387) 32 of which were contributing members. A total of 59 hours has been spent on the network, that’s nearly double from last month.


It is great to see that the membership is checking in with the network more, and members are clearly looking at the content that the members and we the facilitators are providing. It is through interacting with the platform  through liking, commenting and/or writing topics and posts that we really can build relationships with people in the network. I know there is a wealth of experience and wisdom in this network and we welcome contributions of your views. It will really add richness to the information that is being published on here.


As ever if anybody has any suggestions or requests for analytics please let me know. This is our community and it is our data so let's use it in service to this community, people and planet.


January Analytics

Throughout January the size of the network grew by 31 users (2.89%) totalling 1043 users. Contributing members have increased by 28% to 31 but is still below what it was in November and December. These members  either produce a blog post, resource, discussion, event or just 'post' in the stream - or liking or commenting instead.


These were mostly in the form of 'posts', and 'likes' and 'comments' on posts: like status updates, posts are quick updates that go by in the flow of the stream.  They are good starting points for us to find our voices and get used to exchanging in the community. This month there were more likes and comments on posts than in January.


Writing longer-term content

The community can create “Topics” (blogs, resources & discussions). This is longer term content that can become material for future community members as they are searchable. We also will also feature this content on our newsletters, so it is a useful way for you to reach out to the community. This is a way to bring the knowledge and wisdom of the community to the surface and make it available for others to build on. There are 8 new topics which have been added to the community in February.



In February there two new groups were created. Changing the Frame 2019 and Schumacher Scotland have been created!

We note that the groups have been created, but have modest discussion in them - this is common in all broad communities.

This tells us that the community facilitation focus also needs to support the group managers with internal support. The Facilitators group will be reinvigorated this month if you are a group manager start thinking about what you would like to get out of the group you have created.  We update a page called Groups list which we will share in the community updates which is a directory of groups.

We will always do our best to champion all the groups, by making it as easy as possible to find them!

You can see the Groups list page here:

We will capture the KPIs every month and share them. You can always see the KPIs in this spreadsheet:


Google analytics

In February the average session duration was 5:28 minutes, being nearly a minute longer than in January. The average time on a page was 1:15 minutes being largely the same. The number of sessions has increased to 655 sessions, this is in line with the increase in users. In February the countries with the most users are still topped by the UK and US, however Japan takes third place and Germany and Brazil follow all with about 80-90% increases of users in that region. In February Mexico still has the longest average time on page, followed by Portugal and South Africa ranging between 2:11 and 1:37 minutes.


To view the data from follow the link