This project involves pulling together a range of data sets that reflect upon the development progress of the GCR, as well as the performance of the provincial government. It will utilise existing datasets from official and private sector sources as well as data generated from GCRO’s own research. A total of 25-30 indicators will constitute the Barometer. These will be carefully chosen to allow for international benchmarking. The methodology of the project will be predominantly desktop research.
The Barometer attempts to provide a composite picture that will assist government to quickly and easily identify those sectors that are performing well and those that are underperforming. The final output will be an interactive visual tool representing key development trends in an easy to understand format. Visually the Barometer will be a web based visually-interactive device with links to various data sets. It will be designed to reflect on a range of sector specific indicators. Each sector will be populated by the indicators in the form of spikes (like spokes on a wheel) designating the value of the indicator (see example image below). The device will also be designed to provide narrative information on each sector and each indicator. While data sets may be obtained easily from public sources, the device itself will take time and financial resources to design and make it functional. The process of exploring the various design options is already underway.