- Do SI tools in rural and resource-dependent Canadian communities and regions portray a holistic SD vision?
- Do these initiatives support local governance in rural communities and regions, and if so, how?
1.1. Need for a Holistic SD Vision
1.2. Using Local Indicators in Collaborative Governance for SD
1.3. Under-Representation of Rural SI Tools
1.4. The Rural Canadian Context
1.4.1. Diversity of Rural Geographies
1.4.2. Shifting Role of Natural Resource Economies
1.4.3. Uneven Demographic Landscape
1.4.4. The Need for Collaborative Approaches to Rural Governance
1.4.5. Canadian SI Tools
2. Materials and Methods
2.1. Identifying Rural SI Initiatives
2.2. Exclusion Criteria
2.3. Comparing Community and Initiative Characteristics
2.4. Community Capital Analysis
2.5. Governance Analysis
- Range of governance actors involved at different scales
- Lead actor
- Range and level of involvement of other actors
- Initiative duration and age
- Engagement of local residents
- Scale and overlap with formal government jurisdictions
- Level of embeddedness in local SD priorities and related governance processes
- Linkages with municipal or regional SD strategies
- Linkages with national/international frameworks
- Incorporation of local priorities and perspectives
- Intended role in shared decision-making
- Intended (or actual if applicable, depending on the initiative stage) uses of SI tool among different audiences
- Depth of collaboration (in practice and/or envisioned) among actors
3.1. Community and Initiative Characteristics
3.2. Rural SD Priorities and Indicators
3.3. Governance Assessment
3.3.1. Leading Actors
3.3.2. Scale and Jurisdictional Overlap
3.3.3. Initiative Duration and Age
3.3.4. Stakeholder Engagement
3.3.5. Embeddedness in Local Priorities and Perspectives
“This year, you will discover that our publication looks a bit different from years prior. Our new layout is still informative, inspiring, and tells people the story of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta. We’ve highlighted some powerful stories this year, focused on our theme of ‘Belonging: Connection to Community’ and are intrigued to hear what you think that means” .
3.3.6. Governance Uses of Indicators
“We hope that this report serves as an ‘At A Glance’ information source to stimulate vital conversations among community members, support the important work that is being done, and reinforce efforts and investments needed” .
“Vital Signs provides an opportunity to delve deeper into issues of concern by inspiring and informing community conversations and testing prototypes. Vital Signs is more than a one-off snapshot of our communities; it provides a benchmark against which to measure our progress and results in the future” .
3.3.7. Depth of Stakeholder Collaboration
“Through this report, we are giving all community members the facts in a clear and unbiased fashion about how our community is faring. Let this report assist and inspire us to bring about changes that will improve the quality of our lives now and in the future” .
“HCIA, our grassroots citizen group, wanted to know what community well-being meant to you, so we asked and residents answered us. This report reflects upon what we heard and, we hope, will initiate conversations that move us to collective action for vibrant, just and sustainable community living” .
4.1. Geographic Divide in SI Initiatives and Priorities
4.2. Data-Driven Approaches and Rural Capacity Gaps
“CFC’s role in the program, among other things, is to provide Canadian community foundations access to national data sets, which foundations typically complement with local surveys, public programming and events that mobilize community knowledge and help identify local priorities. From housing, to transit, to safety, the environment, the arts and gender equality, the reports offer invaluable insights across more than 70 indicators of quality of life at the community level” .
“While Vital Signs is now led by the Community Foundations of Canada, it originated as a local project of the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) in 2001, where the TCF was identified by other local leaders as the organization best situated to track and report on key metropolitan trends at a critical juncture for that city”.
4.3. Need for Culturally Relevant Approaches to Sustainability Assessment in Indigenous Communities
Conflicts of Interest
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