A community indicator system (CIS) is
a community development monitoring tool.

It aims to reveal trends and issues affecting the community in an efficient and non-biased way. A CIS is composed of indicators, which are statistics with meaning in the community. These indicators form an intertwined web of information that allows community members to draw their own conclusions from the information and make informed decisions towards the betterment of their community.

Voices of Tasajera is an essential component of this system. It allows us to bridge data gaps and enrich existing information.

By telling stories from the community, Voces de Tasajera gives the opportunity to community members to speak out and explain how an indicator affects their life as well as the community. Whether recorded through video or written, the goal of sharing these stories is to give human meaning to the data. Combining quantitative and qualitative evidence helps us understand the community more comprehensively.


Economic indicators are essential for securing the long-term sustainability of a community.


The social dimension of a community influences the health and wellbeing of its members.


Environmental issues have a strong impact on the wellbeing of a community.

Other projects in Tasajera

Tasajera Summer School - EMANA

Summer School Project

The EMANA Initiative hosted the Tasajera Summer School to provide learning opportunities to more than 75 students in 5 different practical learning areas.

Sol de Tasajera

A Salvadoran-Spanish association that seeks community development in Tasajera Island through volunteering projects from the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain.


The national faoundation CORDES facilitates and manages community development projects throughout the country. Specifically in Tasajera: Crab and turtle sanctuaries and educational support.

Turtle Sanctuary

Known as the "Turtle nursery", the sanctuary is a symbol for the commuinity. It does not only supports turtle conservation but it is also a community-wide income source for the 200 people that are registered egg colectors.

Contact Us

Franklin Wright : franklinkirkwright@gmail.com

Daniel Teodoro : teodoro@umd.edu