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Measuring Success: Indicators for Strategic Approaches to Sustainable Community Planning
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Understanding successful community planning and transparently monitoring the process through indicators is essential for empowering communities to move towards a sustainable future. This paper investigates two key categories of indicators: 1) socio-ecological indicators and 2) process indicators. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, the foundation of this research, offers a science-based and principled definition of sustainability, as well as a method for structuring, evaluating and informing the design of indicators. A universally applicable set of community planning process indicators has been devised through ‘backcasting’. First, a list of Success Criteria for an ideal sustainable community planning process was developed. To determine the gaps that require monitoring, general practices in current planning were next assessed against this vision of success. Indicators were then brainstormed to measure closure of the highlighted gaps and movement towards success. Finally, these indicators were evaluated against a comprehensive list of ideal indicator characteristics. In summary, applying whole systems and strategic approaches to identifying and designing indicators can be relevant in any context. Process indicators provide the structure in which to monitor planning at every level and across disciplines so that appropriate socio-ecological indicators can then be derived, while simultaneously ensuring more effective governance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 110 p.
Keyword [en]
Indicators, Process Indicators, Community Planning, Sustainability, Community Development, Strategic Sustainable Development
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2836Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivex6B39A620D0193624C1257461005AB9ECOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-2836DiVA: diva2:830131
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Note

Alaya Boisvert - alaya.boisvert@gmail.com Sarah Cheevers - sacheevers@yahoo.com Erin Romanchuk - erinroser@gmail.com Karen Stroebel - kstroebel@gmail.com

Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2008-06-07 Last updated: 2015-11-05Bibliographically approved

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