Archived — Occasional Paper Number 17—Measuring Sustainable Development: A Review of Current Practice, November 1997
Strategic Policy Sector
Economic Research and Policy Analysis Branch
How does one measure progress towards sustainable development? The question is simple and its importance clear, but easy answers do not exist. This paper describes a selection of measurement approaches currently in use, and highlights aspects of particular interest to those designing their own measurement systems. It reviews the standard concepts of sustainable development and measurement and offers practical examples of ongoing measurement work at the international and national levels. Further, it offers a conceptual framework to orient the reader among various frameworks and models that define the purpose, focus and scope of the practical cases. It also ties measurement into the decision making process and provides practical guidelines for assessing progress toward sustainable development.
Catalogue number: C21-23/17
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