- 1 GPRNet meeting 7 May 2013 11am Paris time
GPRNet meeting 7 May 2013 11am Paris time
Lazlo Pinter, Dora Almassy, Susan Brutschy, Tani Shaw, Beat Huser, Angela Hariche and Salema Gulbahar
Update from different regions
New Zealand (Beat Huser)
- Subjective Well-being Survey – taking place, it’s the 3rd time it happens and it takes place every 3 years.
- “New Ecological Paradigms” (NEP): how people will support the environment – with tracking indicators
- “Higher Living Standard” released by the Treasury: this goes beyond just growth, includes social and environment considerations. This comes with a framework for implementation.
– can be used as a policy lense for government environmental policy
– can be used for policy and planning, and can be applied to local Government
– will see if current Government uses for decision making
Santa Cruz, California, US (Susan Brutschy)
- Community Assessments has 19 years of assessments – indicators updated.
- Subject Data to Action: a) found that the “learning dialogue about data and its linkage is important”; b) made a purposeful intention to include residents and NGOs – “to turn the curb” and c) found that changes in practices came before changes in policy
- We were introduced to the Council of Europe’s work at the participatory level via Christine Ruyters of the Institut wallon de l’Evaluation and have been in discussions.
Homeless Census – participation in collecting and using data
- Sammuel Thyon visited in January 2013 and observed the participatory survey (Homeless Census)
- a need to distinguish between programme level and ground level application.
- understand ‘Community Transformation’ – what does it look like and how should we measure it?
- individuals experiencing homelessness became reconnected and involved
Health Care Reform has led to an increasing interest in health related issues and data
- Hospitals have to prove what they are doing with non-profit status. Hospital collecting data in response to compliance – County not involved. A “community assessment”.
OECD (Angela Hariche and Salema Gulbahar)
Angela working on a ‘Measurement for Development’ book by the Development Centre, that will:
- address what we mean by ‘development’ and ‘well-being’
- use/ adapt the OECD Framework to developing countries
- 1st draft should be done in the summer
- 2nd part will test the ideas at the country level
The 5th OECD World Forum 2015 will be in Mexico. The Mexican Government will be taking a lead.
- exploring whether to do regional or thematic events in the lead up
- ‘Implementation to Action’ is a strong emerging theme
- America Latina Network plans to do regular online consultations and events in the lead up to Mexico – culminating in a book.
Wikiprogress theme this May is Governance
Hungary and Europe (Lazlo Pinter and Dora Almassy
- EC Integration of Measurement of Ecosystem Services.
- Europe and Asia Foundation (ASAF) is exploring how SDGs can replace MDGs – this is a 3 year work programme: a) Developing a methodology on how countries can come up with their own SDGs at the country level and b) a bottom up approach, analysing some European and Asian countries. Involves 14 countries and three steps: i) an analysis of country strategies, ii) development of 10 criteria and iii) to go back and look at country level. This is policy and implementation.
– There is a language issue, as goals and targets mean different things a different levels.
- Planetary Boundaries Framework Report to be issued in July
- Lazlo involved in UNEC draft White Paper on ‘How Environmental Indicators Should be Integrated ’
- Lazlo working on ‘Governance related to SDGs’, whether there should be a standalone goal and how technology and ICT can improve the goal
- Hungary: emerging interest in a National Well-being Index and NSO issued a SDG Indicators in Hungary Report, click here.
- Need a Thesaurus of well-being and progress language: “We don’t have the correct terminology or language to describe”, “Need words to describe issues”, “Good to have a document, but there is nothing better than a common understanding”..
- Emerging need for standardisation – perhaps some form of accreditation for field work
- Emphasis on goals has added an additional complexity
- Post-2015 may provide an opportunity for a common language – anthology and accreditation