Indicators simply measure or indicate what’s going on, and answer straightforward questions about chosen issues. Indicators can show
- Where we are now, and provide a ‘benchmark’ against which to assess future progress
- What’s improving, what’s getting worse, and what’s not changing
- The strengths or good aspects of an area as well as challenges it faces
Sustainability Indicators or local Quality of Life Indicators are about questions that affect us all
- What’s going on in your community?
- Is crime on the increase?
- Is the environment in trouble?
- What shape is the local economy in?
Action Ideas Edit
- created by Feargal Hogan and reads: 'We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that ALL government websites make their information available free of charge to all users in ways that others can easily use.' Sign the petition, deadline to sign up by: 04 May 2008
- e-Digest of Environmental Statistics, Defra
- Sustainable development indicators in your pocket 2009, published on 30 July 2009
- The Environment in your Pocket 2009, published in November 2009. A National Statistics publication produced by Defra. Facts and figures on climate change, air quality, water quality, land use, waste and recycling, wildlife and other environmental issues. It includes sustainable development environmental indicators and has a section on environmental pressures including energy use, transport, pollution incidents and household consumption as well as spending on mitigation measures.
- Resources and Energy Analysis Programme (REAP), FREE set of local authority area Ecological footprint and Carbon dioxide data is available for every local authority in the UK. (Sign in required)
- Regional Sustainable Development Indicators 2005. See also Sustainable development - how the regions measure up, December 13 2005
- The Audit Commissions Quality of Life Indicators
- Making Indicators Count: Using quality of life indicators in local governance, nef, 2003. Publication available to download via NEF website. NEF found that fewer than half of all Local Authorities in England and Wales have used quality of life indicators, and there are examples of authorities that have started using and then discarded them.
- Places Database, communities.gov.uk site
- National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory
- National Statistics Official government statistics
- Neighbourhood Statistics A service of National Statistics to give the Local Focus
- Magic Web-based interactive map to bring together geographic (but copyright) information on key environmental schemes and designations in one place
- Reviewing Progress, UK government information
- What's in Your Backyard? Local and National environmental data from the Environment Agency
- Indices of deprivation, via the website of the Office of the Deputy Primi Minister
- Radical Statistics
- e-Digest of Environmental Statistics, from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs