The New Zealand Institute is launching a website – nzahead – which will give a comprehensive assessment of the coutnry’s social, economic, and environmental performance.
A media release from the institute says:
nzahead brings together 16 key measures of how we are doing as a country, and then gives an overall mark for ‘Effort’ and ‘Achievement’. It will be launched in Auckland on 31 March.
Dr Rick Boven, Director of the Institute, says that while there might be a light-hearted element to the idea of a whole country receiving a report card like a student, there is a serious side to the project.
“If we’re going to make good choices about our future as a country, we need to have an informed debate about how we’re really doing in the things that really matter. This is one of our most important contributions to informing that debate.”
. . . Dr Boven recognises that choosing what is measured and how performance is assessed can be highly charged decisions.
“Our objective is not to embarrass or upset anyone. We have selected 16 measures which we believe give an accurate Big Picture view of our country’s long-term performance. And we will take the next step of saying what we think about that performance. Whether or not people agree or disagree with our 16 measures or our assessment, I hope they will feel better able to talk about the issues with their families, friends and workmates.”
Dr Boven says that selecting the 16 measures was a very challenging process. “We wanted to find the right balance between capturing enough information to make broad judgments about New Zealand’s performance, without capturing so much that we would be drowning in detail. Of course we prefer that the figures are reliable and accurate, and ideally cover a long time period so that we can see trends and spot onnections. One of the challenges was that there is little information on some measures we think are very important.”
An independent assessment of where we are and how we can improve is a very good idea.
I await the launch with interest.