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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 3414-3429; doi:10.3390/su7033414

Indicator Policy Factsheets: A Knowledge Brokerage Tool

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Environment Center, Charles University in Prague, José Martího 2/407, 162 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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World Future Council, 100 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NQ, UK
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Centre for Well-Being, 3 Jonathan Street, London SE11 5NH, UK
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 17 November 2014 / Revised: 12 March 2015 / Accepted: 13 March 2015 / Published: 20 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

The concepts of sustainable development, quality of life, wellbeing, green growth, etc., and their assessment by various kinds of indicators (within the “Beyond GDP”, or later known as the “GDP and Beyond” movement) have become important features of the professional life of many researchers, administrators and even policy makers. The underlying concepts, as well as the indicators are very broad, are often closely linked or overlapping and are in a continuous process of development. Information about them is primarily available in a scientific form—hypotheses, models, scenarios and figures—seldom comprehensible for a broad spectrum of final users. Some recent surveys show that the proliferation of indicators and the complexity (and complicatedness) of the underlying concepts impede the willingness of policy makers to use them. One of the most viable and effective ways to overcome this barrier is to provide users with accurately targeted information about particular indicators. The article introduces “indicator policy factsheets” complementing the already developed and routinely used “indicator methodology sheets”; indicator policy factsheets contain specific and easy-to-obtain information supporting instrumental, conceptual and symbolic use of indicators. View Full-Text
Keywords: beyond GDP; sustainability indicators; knowledge brokerage; indicator policy factsheet beyond GDP; sustainability indicators; knowledge brokerage; indicator policy factsheet
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Hák, T.; Janoušková, S.; Whitby, A.; Abdallah, S.; Kovanda, J. Indicator Policy Factsheets: A Knowledge Brokerage Tool. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3414-3429.

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