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1 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November

2 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Using quality of life indicators to inform policy and planning A New Zealand Example Leigh Gatt Gatt Consulting Ltd

3 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Context Eight largest cities in NZ 46% of NZ population 60% of economic wealth Key drivers for measurement Urbanisation and growth Public sector reform Legislation Wellington Dunedin Christchurch North Shore Waitakere Manukau Auckland Hamilton

4 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Quality of Life project Social, economic and environmental conditions Based on issues affecting cities Housing, health, knowledge & skills, safety, civil & political rights, built environment, natural environment, economic standard of living, economic development, social connectedness 56 indicators to report on these issues Purpose: Policy advocacy to central government Policy and planning input for the eight cities

5 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Development process Purpose and principles developed to guide the overall project Issue-based approach used Mostly normative and direct indicators Methods included: Stock-take of indicators of all 8 cities Peer review and criteria to select indicator set Analysis: Disaggregation of issue by locality, sex, ethnicity, age Commentary on linked factors

6 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Choices in frameworks and methods Focused on identifying new goals post analysis Sector-based too narrow & PSR too complex Little use of composite and weighted indicators or indices Analysis - linked sets of factors rather than direct cause-and-effect Data constraints restricted indicator choices and analysis

7 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Inputs to policy and planning Points for action Waste management, air/water quality, biodiversity Alternatives to private motor vehicle Employment skills Child safety and youth offending Immigration policy and settlement Population based health issues Transport and technology Community engagement in decision-making Collective approach to monitoring

8 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Benefits Prioritized points for action adopted for policy programme of city mayors: Transport alternatives, waste, economic development and sustainable employment, community safety, settlement support Joined up thinking and collaboration Across sector-across government links Focus on urban issues and sustainability Local authority planning Strategic alliances for future surveys and data

9 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Critical success factors Development process is as important as the indicators and use of results Peer review by data providers and users Collaborative approach and sponsorship by city council chief executives Participation by elected representatives of the eight city councils Ownership by city mayors

10 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Has it made a difference? Not evaluation so no direct links to outcomes Raised the issues and advocated for change - ongoing Reliant on policy-makers to use indicators to : Plan – using indicators to determine gaps Prioritize – using research based on indicators Measure – using indicators to assess change

11 OECD World Forum Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Palermo, November Conclusions Provided information for decision-makers Mechanisms and channels to raise issues Ongoing advocacy for change Indicators are not the success factor – they are the tools Aim for integration into the processes of urban governance


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