Community Indicators Summit. July 2009, Brisbane
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is pleased to be hosting a Community Indicators Summit in Brisbane, Queensland on 22-23 July 2009.
A discussion is occurring around the world about the need to move 'beyond GDP', to a more comprehensive view of societal progress that takes into account social and environmental concerns as well as economic ones. As a result, hundreds of initiatives are underway around the world relating to measuring progress and wellbeing at the international, national and sub-national levels.
The ABS publication Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) first published in 2002, adopted the ’suite of indicators' approach, setting out key aspects of progress side-by-side and discussing some of the links between them. Measuring Australia's Progress has been recognised as an international model and referred to in the media as "about as close as any statistician can get to the meaning of life." The Australia 2020 Summit has also proposed a National Development Index, which could build further on MAP.
Community indicators can cover a range of trends and outcomes. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for those interested in community based indicators to share learnings and exchange ideas and strategies associated with the development and maintenance of community indicators and to shape a course for the future.
The Summit aims to:
1. Promote a more coordinated, coherent and consistent approach to the development of community indicators across Australia;
2. Establish a national network of community indicators practitioners as part of an evolving National Statistical Service;
3. Engage community indicator practitioners with on going development of the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication, Measuring Australia's Progress.
A feature of the conference program will be practical workshops to explore current issues in the development and application of Community Indicators.
One of the Summits keynote speakers will be Jon Hall from the OECD, who will speak about their “Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies”.
For more information on the Community Indicators Summit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the NSS website