By Stephen Morse
* while are numbers the foundation for sound judgements and while do they lead to making plans and coverage disasters?* An unique and stimulating exam of the issues and risks of commonly used overseas monetary, improvement, and poverty indices and the way to enhance them * a big new textual content for undergraduate classes in human geography, improvement reviews, and economics using numbers to condense advanced structures into simply digested "bites" of knowledge is particularly a lot in model. At one point they're meant to augment transparency, responsibility, and native democracy, whereas at one other they supply a method of improving functionality. despite the fact that, all symptoms be afflicted by a similar simple challenge that, satirically, can also be their greatest advantage--condensing anything hugely complicated right into a few basic numbers. Love them or hate them, there isn't any denying that folks use signs to make decisions.This ebook explores using signs within the box of human improvement. half I offers a short define of the contested which means of "development" and the way signs and indices were used as technique of checking out the belief of those improvement visions in perform in quite a number institutional contexts. half II discusses the restrictions of such signs and indices, and illustrates how they depend upon the imaginative and prescient of improvement followed. The booklet additionally indicates how indices and signs can top be hired and awarded.
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Teacher assessment is pretty spot-on now and I think it is more realistic than tests done on one day (Sandra Jones, Werrington Primary, Cambridgeshire). It doesn’t tell you anything about the true performance of the school. [League tables] fail to show the strengths of the school and are misleading because some people will read them and think this isn’t a good school . . If they are here to stay, they have to be reformed (Cecelia Davies, headteacher at Moor Nook Community Primary School, Preston).
Human societies cannot and must not remain static as our aspirations and expectations constantly shift. In human development terms, sustainability means that we meet these changing needs without reducing our capability to do so. Yet it can sometimes appear as if sustainable development is more about protecting the environment and natural resources than it is about people, and some have felt moved to make SIMPLIFYING COMPLEXITY: WHY DO WE NEED INDICATORS? 29 the priorities clear. The following is the UNDP’s spin on the WCED definition given above: the development process should meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the options of future generations.
Yet it can sometimes appear as if sustainable development is more about protecting the environment and natural resources than it is about people, and some have felt moved to make SIMPLIFYING COMPLEXITY: WHY DO WE NEED INDICATORS? 29 the priorities clear. The following is the UNDP’s spin on the WCED definition given above: the development process should meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the options of future generations. However, the concept of sustainable development is much broader than the protection of natural resources and the physical environment.