Key benchmark Indicators
This is an on-going project designed to collect data on a set of socio-economic indicators for purposes of assessing and monitoring the performance of the GCR as well as benchmarking that performance with selected city-regions elsewhere in the world. The project is a core part of GCRO’s work as an observatory, and has so far concentrated on producing short data briefs and data visualisations in the form of vignettes and graphs of the month. The project has four aspects:
- Collection of data, on an on-going basis, for a set of indicators which reveal the performance of, and development progress in, the GCR;
- Gathering similar datasets for selected city regions elsewhere in the world, preferably with similar attributes to the GCR in terms of spatial extent and population size;
- Using the same datasets to benchmark the performance of the GCR against the selected city regions for which data is available;
- Using the datasets to publish, on a regular basis, data briefs and data visuals that reflect on development progress of the GCR over time and across the continuum of GCRO’s research pillars.
From a policy perspective indicators and benchmarks are important for monitoring progress towards specific socio-economic goals of government. They assist in identifying potential areas where urgent policy intervention is needed. More generally and over periods of time indicators and benchmarks can tell whether or not existing government policies are on the right track relative to long-term goals and what is happening in comparable city-regions in other parts of the world.
Academically, the project has the potential to highlight issues that may require further in-depth inquiry or investigation. Through benchmarking the project may provide clues as to why certain trends are observed and/or persist.
The project hopes to involve all GCRO Staff with the view to publishing important data emerging from their projects for quick and easy understanding by the general public in the GCR. GCRO also intends to work closely with the Gauteng Provincial Government which is not only an interested party but an immediate user of the data and information generated by the project.
Outputs in 2012/13
The project will have two components. Component 1 involves the production of a series of 3 distinct outputs: Vignettes, Data Briefs and Graphs of the Month. For the 2012/2013 financial year, GCRO will produce the following outputs:
- 10 Vignettes
- 4 Data Briefs
- 10 Graphs of the Month
The project lead will not be responsible for producing all of these outputs. Rather they will be shared among GCRO academic staff.
Component 2 involves a targeted experiment to collect data for a limited set of indicators across 8-10 city-regions that can be counted as similar to the GCR. The result will be a power-point presentation and Data Brief capturing the results.