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The 3rd Phase of the ECOS Project was to develop indicators that we will use to track our shared progress in meeting our goals related to the natural systems, built environment, economy and social community. Evaluating our progress towards our goals will allow us to focus resources on those areas that most need additional attention to achieve a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.
The Draft #1 Indicator Report was presented at the January 25th ECOS Steering Committee meeting. Between February 1st and March 16th the draft Indicator Report was out for public comment. Over 400 comments were received; and the LRPC and sub-committees have proposed revisions. The 2012 Interim Indicator Report includes these comments and revisions. The Report has also been reorganized with the addition of topic areas to make the document more digestible.
This report is a first attempt to distill the goals, key issues and high level outcome or result related indicators for our region. Some of them do not perfectly capture the goal statement but were an attempt at identifying a proxy indicator. There are often data gaps, and performance measures that will be carried forward to Phase 4 of the ECOS project (priority implementation strategies, projects and actions). For the annual indicator reports CCRPC will work with the ECOS partnership to refine the list of indicators to those that have the most value, and those that we can reliably report on. To support these efforts, we will explore the possibility of formalizing the partnership to produce the Annual Indicator Report through a Memorandum of Agreement amongst the organizations.
As we move forward to Phase 4 of the ECOS project, this Indicator phase will be paused. The 2012 Interim Indicator Report will be used to inform the development of criteria to be used in prioritizing strategies/actions/projects. We will return to this step to further evaluate the report and improve it for 2013.
Please click HERE to review the comments, received on Draft 1 of the Indicator Report.
Click here for some examples of Indicator efforts in other organizations for an additional perspective.
Please provide any comments that you have on the 2012 Interim Indicator Report below!