GPRNet Meeting 7 May 2013

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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)

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