Developing and using local community wellbeing indicators: Learning from the experience of Community Indicators Victoria

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					Developing and using local
community wellbeing indicators:
Learning from the experience of Community
Indicators Victoria
Dianne Cox, Marion Frere, Sue West, John Wiseman


  Abstract
  The recent upsurge of interest in local community wellbeing indicators in
  Australia and internationally reflects growing awareness of their importance
  as a platform for citizen engagement, community planning, and evidence
  based policy making. More broadly community wellbeing indicators are part
  of an international movement towards rethinking the ways in which political
  priorities are debated and in which progress and wellbeing are defined
  and 
				
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Description: The recent upsurge of interest in local community wellbeing indicators in Australia and internationally reflects growing awareness of their importance as a platform for citizen engagement, community planning, and evidence based policy making. More broadly community wellbeing indicators are part of an international movement towards rethinking the ways in which political priorities are debated and in which progress and wellbeing are defined and measured. This article documents the establishment of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV), a local community wellbeing indicators initiative in Victoria, Australia. The article begins by locating the CIV initiative in the broad historical and international context of work on wellbeing, progress and sustainability indicators as well as the Australian and Victorian policy context. We then outline the steps involved in the establishment of CIV, critical partnerships and initial outcomes. We conclude with some reflections on lessons from the CIV experience to date and on future research and policy development priorities. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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