GPRNet Meeting 7 May 2013

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GPRNet meeting 7 May 2013 11am Paris time

Attendees

Lazlo Pinter, Dora Almassy, Susan Brutschy, Tani Shaw, Beat Huser, Angela Hariche and Salema Gulbahar

Update from different regions

New Zealand (Beat Huser)

What’s new:

  • 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.

To note

  • 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

To do

  • Need a page on Wikiprogress on Action – “From Measuring Progress to Taking Action”
  • Add Hungary SDG Report and Wallon Project to Wikiprogress
  • Members to send Salema information on respective projects, where appropriate