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  1. An Introduction to Community Indicators VictoriaNovember 28 2006Dr Melanie DavernMcCaughey CentreVicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community WellbeingSchool of Population Health, University of Melbourne mdavern@unimelb.edu.au

  2. Local community wellbeing indicators… • Spotlight issues and trends important to local communities • Focus on a small number of headline wellbeing measures - not all local data • Measure community trends and outcomes - not local government performance • Include social, economic, environmental, cultural and governance trends and outcomes

  3. Local community wellbeing indicators are important as… • A democratic tool, for engaging citizens and communities in informed discussions about shared goals and priorities • A policy tool, guiding evidence based planning and action to address the issues identified as important by communities • A reporting tool, tracking and communicating progress towards agreed goals and outcomes

  4. Why has there been increasing support for work on local community indicators in Victoria? Increasing emphasis on… • Citizen and community engagement • Evidence based policy making • Integrated, triple bottom line’ policy making - linking social, economic and environmental trends and issues • Local government community planning initiatives …. Victorian Community Indicators Project

  5. Victorian Community Indicators Projectwww.communityindicators.net.au • VicHealth and DHS funded collaborative project (2005-2006) • Aim: Establish sustainable statewide system of local community wellbeing indicators • Informed by: • International and Australian learning about development and use of community indicators • Extensive consultative process with local governments and State government agencies • Reference group included: MAV, VLGA, Local Govt Reps, DPC, DVC, DHS, DSE, DOI, VCOSS, ABS, VicHealth

  6. Victorian work on local data:organisational and policy context - towards a map • Local Government • MAV, VLGA, local governments, LG Community Planners Network, LG Corporate Planners Network • Victorian Government • DVC: SP&R, LGV, Seniors, OWP, Youth, AAV, VOMA, SRV, Community Strengthening… • DPC: Strategic Policy & Projects, GVT reporting, OCIO… • DSE: Know Your Area, Metro and Regional Atlases, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability… • DHS: VPHS, Office for Children… • DOJ, VicPol, (crime and safety), DOI (transport), DTF, DET,DPI?.. • Community sector, VCOSS, local community organisations • Australian Bureau of Statistics • Universities… • Victorian Community Indicators Project…Community Indicators Victoria

  7. Victorian Community Indicators ProjectRecommendations • Importance of community indicators for community planning and policy making • Initial framework of indicators and data sources • Importance of regular, accessible reporting • Importance of capacity building and links with policy making • Need for long term ‘home’ to ensure sustainable platform = Community Indicators Victoria

  8. Community Indicators Victoria Community Indicators Victoria is a collaborative project hosted by: McCaughey Centre VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne Goal: To support the development and use of local community wellbeing indicators as a tool for informed, engaged and integrated community planing and policy making.

  9. Governance • Host: McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne • Collaborating partners:ABS, Local government, State government, community organisations, universities… • Reference Group:Representatives from local government, State government, VicHealth, ABS, VCOSS, key academic and community partners

  10. Initial indicator framework domains • Healthy, safe and inclusive communities • Dynamic, resilient economies • Sustainable built and natural environment • Culturally rich and vibrant communities • Democratic and engaged communities

  11. Criteria for choosing local community indicators • Informed by • Review of international and Australian literature and practice • Victorian local government community plans and visions • Input and feedback from local governments, state government and community sector • Measure what is valued • Conceptually sound • Make sense and be useful to citizens and policy makers • Relevant and measurable at local community level

  12. Initial Community Indicators Victoria framework Healthy, safe and inclusive communities • Personal health and wellbeing: Self assessed health; Quality of life; Life expectancy; Physical activity; Nutrition; Obesity; Illness and deaths from smoking, alcoholism and illicit drugs; Incidence of mental illness • Community connectedness: People who like living in their local community; People who can get help from friends, family or neighbours when needed; People who could raise $2000 in an emergency; Volunteering rates ; Parents with school age children involved in activities at their school • Early Childhood Development: Australian Early Development Index; Key child health assessments completed up to 3 years of age; Breast feeding; Eligible infant immunizations completed • Personal and community safety: Perceptions of safety; Incidence of crime; Incidence of family violence; Road accident death and injuries; Work related deaths, injuries and illnesses • Lifelong learning: Primary school literacy and numeracy; School retention; Apprenticeships and vocational training enrolments; Destination of school leavers; Home internet access; Library usage • Service availability: Access to services; Extent to which residents feel they can access services when needed

  13. Dynamic, resilient local economies • Economic activity and employment: Retained retail spending; Type of jobs and skills; Business growth; Employment rate; unemployment rate; local employment • Income and wealth: Per capita income; income distribution; Per capita wealth; wealth distribution; educational qualifications • Work life balance: Employment security; Work related stress; work life balance Sustainable built and natural environments • Access to open space: People living within 3k of public open space; Satisfaction with public space • Housing affordability: Rent and repayments as percent of income • Transport accessibility: Percent of community who say lack of transport limits capacity to achieve key goals; Public transport patronage; Walking and cycling trails; Non car transport opportunities; Rating for local roads and footpaths • Sustainable energy use: Greenhouse gas emissions; household energy use; Renewable energy use • Air Quality: Pollution concentration. Water quality: Condition of natural streams and waterways; water consumption ; Waste water recycling • Biodiversity: Native vegetation cover; Weeds and pests. Waste Management: Waste generation per household

  14. Culturally rich and vibrant communities • Participation in arts and cultural activities: Opportunities to participate in arts; Active participation in arts and cultural activities; Opportunities to participate in sporting and recreational activities; Active participation in sporting and recreational activities • Cultural diversity: Percentage of people who believe their community is an accepting place for people from diverse cultures and backgrounds; percentage of people who believe multiculturalism strengths their community Democratic and engaged communities • Citizen engagement: Percentage of people who think they have a real say on issues important to them; Percentage of women elected as councillors; Percent of people who feel they have an opportunity to vote for a political candidate who they trust; Percent of people who are members of a local community organisation or decision making body

  15. Data sources • Australian Bureau of Statistics • State and local government administrative data • Existing surveys eg. DVC Community Strengthening Survey • New ‘Victorian Community Survey’ to be conducted by the McCaughey Centre

  16. Victorian Community Survey • Purpose: to fill data gaps needed to report on indicators • Method: CATI (telephone) household survey • Sample of 24,000 adults. 300 per Local Government Area • Questions: • Data not currently available at LGA level: eg. Self assessed health • Long term basis for collecting data currently collected through other surveys eg. DVC Community Strengthening Survey • Data not currently collected: eg. Impact of lack of transport access, workplace stress and insecurity • Demographics: Age, gender, employment, household type, parental status • Initial survey early 2007…probably every two years • Opportunities for purchasing additional sample and/or questions

  17. Community wellbeing reports • Local community wellbeing reports (initially LGA level) • Upgraded Community Indicators Victoria web site: www.communityindicators.net.au • Working towards local community wellbeing reports for • Population groups (gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability…) • Local communities and neighbourhoods • Examples of reporting options: www.communityaccounts.ca; www.publichealth.gov.au/mapping.html

  18. Capacity building to support use of community indicators as tool for community planning and policy making • Target groups • Local government mayors, councillors and staff • Local citizens and community groups • State public servants • Methods • Web site • Manuals and tool kits • Help desk • Short courses, accredited courses • Workshops and conferences

  19. Timetable • October-November 2006 • Establish CIV reference group • Review and sharpen indicators and data sources • Finalise indicators, template and platform for initial reporting • Finalise core survey questions • Finalise supplementary, purchased questions and sample • Hold local community indicators information sharing forum • November 2006-February 2007 • Finalise initial data sharing agreements • Conduct Victorian Community Survey March 2007 • Launch upgraded web site • Publish initial LGA level reports • 2007 • Initial population group reports?