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Can community indicators live up to their expectations? The case of the Flemish city monitor for liveable and sustainable urban development

Joke Van Assche (UGent) , Thomas Block (UGent) and Herwig Reynaert (UGent)
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The City Monitor is a policy instrument and has been used to measure the state of 13 Flemish cities in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The community indicators of the City Monitor provide feedback on the evolution of a multitude of phenomena, and so they represent an opportunity for policy learning about the livability and sustainability of those cities. Indicators simplify the representation of societal problems and in that sense they are helping the communication between city authorities and their stakeholders. In this article we also focus on two innovative characteristics of the co-design methodology of the City Monitor. First of all, indicators were constructed on the basis of a normative vision about urban sustainability. We argue that a sustainability framework can give value added to map vital signs of the quality of life in Flemish cities. Secondly, the City Monitor was being developed with the participation of about 200 experts, coming from city governments and other administrations, civil society and academic world. It is our argument that the participatory approach fosters the use of community indicators and generates interesting side effects. As a third argument, we indicate the importance of the attitude of city authority people for its implementation within the city organisation. The City Monitor is certainly meant as an input for urban policy debate about the quality of life in the major Flemish cities. Does it live up to its expectations? And will the vision and indicators on urban sustainability stir up the debate about urban sustainable development?
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Urban sustainability, Community indicators, Flemish City Monitor

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Van Assche, Joke, Thomas Block, and Herwig Reynaert. “Can Community Indicators Live up to Their Expectations? The Case of the Flemish City Monitor for Liveable and Sustainable Urban Development.” APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE 5.4 (2010): 341–352. Print.
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Van Assche, Joke, Block, T., & Reynaert, H. (2010). Can community indicators live up to their expectations? The case of the Flemish city monitor for liveable and sustainable urban development. APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE, 5(4), 341–352.
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Van Assche, Joke, Thomas Block, and Herwig Reynaert. 2010. “Can Community Indicators Live up to Their Expectations? The Case of the Flemish City Monitor for Liveable and Sustainable Urban Development.” Applied Research in Quality of Life 5 (4): 341–352.
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Van Assche, Joke, Thomas Block, and Herwig Reynaert. 2010. “Can Community Indicators Live up to Their Expectations? The Case of the Flemish City Monitor for Liveable and Sustainable Urban Development.” Applied Research in Quality of Life 5 (4): 341–352.
Vancouver
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Van Assche J, Block T, Reynaert H. Can community indicators live up to their expectations? The case of the Flemish city monitor for liveable and sustainable urban development. APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE. 2010;5(4):341–52.
IEEE
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J. Van Assche, T. Block, and H. Reynaert, “Can community indicators live up to their expectations? The case of the Flemish city monitor for liveable and sustainable urban development,” APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 341–352, 2010.
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  journal      = {APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE},
  keywords     = {Urban sustainability,Community indicators,Flemish City Monitor},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {341--352},
  title        = {Can community indicators live up to their expectations? The case of the Flemish city monitor for liveable and sustainable urban development},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11482-010-9121-7},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2010},
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