Changsha City-Region, Giuyang and Shengyan City Development Strategies: Urban Indicators Project



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In an effort to improve the efficacy of city development strategies it is proposed that a set of performance indicators, to form part of a monitoring and evaluation system, be developed in concord with cities currently engaged in Cities Alliance and World Bank sponsored CDS activities. Such a tool will allow for a realignment of investment programs and management practices to ensure the achievement of set objectives and provide ways of measuring the impact of economic strategies and municipal core functions upon the quality of life of those at the lower end of the income brackets.
1) Assist the Cities to identify key issues in improving monitoring and evaluation efforts in their respective cities;  2) Enhance the Cities' socio-economic development strategies and plans via the application of performance indicators in planning, programming, budgeting and monitoring;  3) Improve the operation, maintenance and management of selected municipal core services (e.g. water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, property tax and other revenue generating sources, urban governance) through a comprehensive set of management performance indicators;  4) Establish a well-defined set of improvement in living standard outcomes that will allow the Cities to align their activities and resources more accurately toward an agreed set to those ends;  Promote a favourable institutional setting for sustaining successful performance measurement systems; and  5) Promote innovation in other cities in China by sharing knowledge and experiences of using performance indicators.
1) Conduct a review of performance indicators and prepare guidelines for improved design of indicators based on city-specific and international experiences;  2) Develop and collect indicators from each city and clearly define achievable results under the strategy;  3) Design methods of collecting and analyzing management performance data;  4) Establish procedures for reporting on performance to program and operational levels and to the greater public;  6) Raise awareness amongst decision-makers and city managers, and on a greater level, municipalities and government through national seminars;  7) Preparation of business plans for the long-term operation and management of performance measurement.
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Increased local interest and awareness in using performance indicators more effectively in the planning and management of the Cities' growth;  2) More effective and targeted initiatives to promote sustainable livelihood opportunities. - Improved operation, maintenance and management of municipal services;  3) Cities align their investment programs and operations more effectively towards achieving poverty reduction goals;  4) Enhanced co-ordination and synergy strengthened by promoting greater clarity among managers for achieving results; local authorities earn the trust of citizens by demonstrating good return in service for revenue received;  5) Growth of interest and demand for using performance indicators in other cities; replication and scaling up of approach.