Community Health Check - January 2019

Alfred Widmann • 6 February 2019

Its that time of the month again! Let us  have a look at what the numerical representational form has to say about our community... As mentioned in the Blog, January has been a much quieter month than December. The total time spent on the site was 34 hours compared to 82 hours in total in December!

Every month I will draw out some of the statistics and see what learnings and actions can be drawn from them. If anybody has any suggestions or requests please let me know. This is our community and it is our data so let's use it for people and planet.

If you have any questions or requests please don’t hesitate to comment below here or send a message.


January's community health check!

Throughout December the size of the network grew by 23 users totalling 1043 users. This will have been mostly organic growth. The proportion of contributing members has decreased this month by about half making it 2.5%, totalling 23 active contributing members. 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. There were 47 'likes' and 34 'comments' to posts.


Writing longer-term content

The community can create Topics 'blogs, resources & discussions) which is longer term content that can become material for future community members as they are searchable. 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.



There were no new groups formed this January. 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 January the average session duration was 4:31 minutes, being a little less that the previous month. The average time on a page was 1:20 minutes also largely the same. However the number of sessions has decreased by about half in January to 455 sessions. In January the countries with the most users are still topped by the UK and US, however Belgium is now replaced with Japan which had a 57% increase since the previous month. Brazil, Mexico and Japan are the countries which had the longest average time on page ranging between 2:19 and 1:35. Both these instances are new developments for this month.

To view the data from follow the link