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The Case for Coordination and Collaboration in Sustainable Community Indicators and Reporting Rationale for a common community information system in Canada

McKerlie, Catherine (2003)
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
As growing populations concentrate in urban areas, it has become apparent that many global problems are a cumulative reflection of unsustainable practices at the local level. Correspondingly, there has been an increasing need to monitor and manage sustainable community growth, which includes a balance of environmental, economic, health, and social measures.

Throughout the last decade, the community indicators movement has intensified, fuelled by a growing need for information for municipal management purposes, to guide policy decisions, and as a way to demonstrate accountability. This growing demand for information, combined with an increasing number of different frameworks and approaches to indicator development has resulted in a mass of... (More)
As growing populations concentrate in urban areas, it has become apparent that many global problems are a cumulative reflection of unsustainable practices at the local level. Correspondingly, there has been an increasing need to monitor and manage sustainable community growth, which includes a balance of environmental, economic, health, and social measures.

Throughout the last decade, the community indicators movement has intensified, fuelled by a growing need for information for municipal management purposes, to guide policy decisions, and as a way to demonstrate accountability. This growing demand for information, combined with an increasing number of different frameworks and approaches to indicator development has resulted in a mass of information, which is becoming unmanageable.

This research examined the factors contributing to what has resulted in an increasingly uncoordinated mélange of information, which threatens to become counter-productive in making progress towards community and regional sustainability.

Focusing on Canadian experiences, the research identified patterns that have emerged for common information requirements, and suggests a framework for coordination that may provide direction to current initiatives. Potential partners to be involved in the creation of a common community information system are identified, and potential barriers to a collaborative effort are discussed. These recommendations are supported by a strong call for coordination from community indicator practitioners, and examples of collaborative initiatives from other world regions. (Less)
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author
McKerlie, Catherine
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
sustainable community, indicators, collaboration, local, municipal monitoring, reporting, urban assessment tools, Environmental studies, Miljöstudier
language
English
id
1325236
date added to LUP
2007-03-01 00:00:00
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2007-03-01 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {As growing populations concentrate in urban areas, it has become apparent that many global problems are a cumulative reflection of unsustainable practices at the local level. Correspondingly, there has been an increasing need to monitor and manage sustainable community growth, which includes a balance of environmental, economic, health, and social measures.

Throughout the last decade, the community indicators movement has intensified, fuelled by a growing need for information for municipal management purposes, to guide policy decisions, and as a way to demonstrate accountability. This growing demand for information, combined with an increasing number of different frameworks and approaches to indicator development has resulted in a mass of information, which is becoming unmanageable.

This research examined the factors contributing to what has resulted in an increasingly uncoordinated mélange of information, which threatens to become counter-productive in making progress towards community and regional sustainability.

Focusing on Canadian experiences, the research identified patterns that have emerged for common information requirements, and suggests a framework for coordination that may provide direction to current initiatives. Potential partners to be involved in the creation of a common community information system are identified, and potential barriers to a collaborative effort are discussed. These recommendations are supported by a strong call for coordination from community indicator practitioners, and examples of collaborative initiatives from other world regions.},
  author       = {McKerlie, Catherine},
  keyword      = {sustainable community,indicators,collaboration,local,municipal monitoring,reporting,urban assessment tools,Environmental studies,Miljöstudier},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Case for Coordination and Collaboration in Sustainable Community Indicators and Reporting Rationale for a common community information system in Canada},
  year         = {2003},
}