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					OECD World Forum “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, Palermo, 10-13 November 2004   1
            Collaborating with Civil Society:
              Reflections from Australia


                                              Jon Hall,
                                    Australian Bureau of Statistics

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       Overview




       • Three Australian indicator initiatives - their
         links with civil society




OECD World Forum “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, Palermo, 10-13 November 2004   3
       Overview




       • Three Australian indicator initiatives - their
         links with civil society
       • Why collaborate with civil society?




OECD World Forum “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, Palermo, 10-13 November 2004   4
       Overview




       • Three Australian indicator initiatives - their
         links with civil society
       • Why collaborate with civil society?



                 Civil Society’s perspective –
                 why collaborate with
                 government

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       Overview




       • Three Australian indicator initiatives - their
         links with civil society
       • Why collaborate with civil society?

                And how best
                to collaborate?




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       Overview




       • Three Australian indicator initiatives - their
         links with civil society
       • Why collaborate with civil society?
       • Conclusions




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           Three Australian Indicator Initiatives




           • ABS – ‘Measures of Australia’s
             Progress’
           • Tasmania’s - ‘Tasmania Together’
           • Victorian State Government’s –
             ‘Growing Victoria Together’




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
         Measures of Australia’s Progress




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
         Measures of Australia’s Progress
       • Headline progress indicators to inform
         public debate




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
         Measures of Australia’s Progress
       • Headline progress indicators to inform
         public debate
       • Wide consultation and an external expert
         group




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • The Australian Bureau of Statistics
         Measures of Australia’s Progress
       • Headline progress indicators to inform
         public debate
       • Wide consultation and an external expert
         group
       • But …. first issue criticised for perceived
         “left wing and ‘green’ bias”

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           Australian Indicator Initiatives




           • Civil society provided very valuable
             advice and assistance




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           Australian Indicator Initiatives




           • Civil society provided very valuable
             advice and assistance
           • They also promoted and supported the
             venture




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           Australian Indicator Initiatives




           • Civil society provided very valuable
             advice and assistance
           • They also promoted and supported the
             venture
           • But …. need to be careful about
             perceptions around roles …. and that
             an adequately broad spectrum of views
             come to the table

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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Tasmanian Government’s Tasmania
         Together




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Tasmanian Government’s Tasmania
         Together
       • Designed to set goals for Tasmania and
         monitor progress towards them




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Tasmanian Government’s Tasmania
         Together
       • Designed to set goals for Tasmania and
         monitor progress towards them
       • Community led – with very significant
         consultation at every stage




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Tasmanian Government’s Tasmania
         Together
       • Designed to set goals for Tasmania and
         monitor progress towards them
       • Community led – with very significant
         consultation at every stage
       • But … now realise that some groups not
         so well represented as others

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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Victorian Government’s Growing Victoria
         Together




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Victorian Government’s Growing Victoria
         Together
       • Designed to promote a whole of
         government approach … and to
         communicate government’s vision to the
         public




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       Australia Indicator Initiatives




       • Victorian Government’s Growing Victoria
         Together
       • Designed to promote a whole of
         government approach … and to
         communicate government’s vision to the
         public
       • Less public consultation than other
         projects may have lead to less ‘buy in’
         from the public (which may lead in turn to
         reduced support in government)
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         Some reflection from Civil Society’s perspective




           • Community groups take a vital interest
             in monitoring and reporting …they see
             (in Australia) some deficiencies in
             environmental and social reporting




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         Some reflection from Civil Society’s perspective




           • Community groups take a vital interest
             in monitoring and reporting …they see
             (in Australia) some deficiencies in
             environmental and social reporting
           • Membership of advisory bodies can be
             frustrating .. Consultation without
             genuine commitment to listen and
             respond is unproductive
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       Why Collaborate?




       • Discussions about measuring progress
         leads to discussions – and shared
         understanding - about ‘what progress
         actually is’




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       Why Collaborate?




       • Discussions about measuring progress
         leads to discussions – and understanding -
         about ‘what progress actually is’
       • Civil Society gets… facts to inform debate
         and advance particular causes, and a
         chance to influence policy




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       Why Collaborate?




       • Discussions about measuring progress
         leads to discussions – and understanding -
         about ‘what progress actually is’
       • Civil Society gets… facts to inform debate
         and advance particular causes, and a
         chance to influence policy
       • Government gets … a wider perspective,
         skills and resources, support and buy in

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       Lessons in Collaboration




       • Choose collaborators carefully




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       Lessons in Collaboration




       • Choose collaborators carefully
       • Judge the pace of collaboration well




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       Lessons in Collaboration




       • Choose collaborators carefully
       • Judge the pace of collaboration well
       • Listen to one another and deliver




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       A Role for the OECD




       • Sharing data and best practice




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       A Role for the OECD




       • Sharing data and best practice
       • Investigating the effects strong civil society
         has on other economic and social aspects
         of progress




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       A Role for the OECD




       • Sharing data and best practice
       • Investigating the effects strong civil society
         has on other economic and social aspects
         of progress
       • Frameworks for indicators in controversial
         areas




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         Conclusions




           • Collaboration with civil society seems a
             necessary (though not sufficient)
             condition for a successful indicator
             initiative




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         Conclusions




           • Collaboration with civil society seems a
             necessary (though not sufficient)
             condition for a successful indicator
             initiative
           • Collaboration strengthens content and
             builds support



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         Conclusions




           • Collaboration with civil society seems a
             necessary (though not sufficient)
             condition for a successful indicator
             initiative
           • Collaboration strengthens content and
             builds support
           • The reports become agents of change
             within civil society

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       Ideas for Discussion




       • How much collaboration is appropriate and
         how does one achieve that appropriate
         level?




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       Ideas for Discussion




       • How much collaboration is appropriate and
         how does one achieve that appropriate
         level?
       • What styles of collaboration work best?




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