Urban and Regional Development Forum 2019

Did you know that cities have to follow more than 150 different KPIs to meet global and national goals? At the Urban and Reginoal Development Forum in the city of Perm, Yuriy Milevskiy had an opportunity to discuss these in relation to adopted planning documents and local challenges that cities face.


◾️Didier Vancutsem, Director of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) and co-author of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda and City Prosperity Index, discussed linking, monitoring, and optimising supranational urban development objectives and performance indicators.


◾️Dr Pietro Elisei, Director of URBANSOFIA, provided examples of applying indicators in regional and municipal documents, emphasising the central role of connecting OECD development indicators with EU financing.


◾️Aleksander Sergeevich Puzanov, Director of the Institute for Urban Economics (IUE) and one of the key contributors into Perm Masterplan, outlined the complexities of applying indicators at the municipal level in the Russian Federation — particularly the incongruity of spatial planning documents with objectives and indicators for socio-economic development strategies, municipal and federal programs. The discussion also touched upon problems associated with indicators for Russia’s National Priority Projects adopted in 2018, their connection with national objectives, and KPIs at the regional and municipal levels.


According to discussion participants, the future of urban development and performance indicators is defined by the following:


◾️Clearly distinguishing between criteria for achieving national objectives and local performance indicators. That is, recognising the difference between outcome and output.


◾️Synchronising objectives and indicators in documents for socio-economic and spatial development; namely, a precise conversion of socio-economic development tasks and related performance indicators into trackable indicators for spatial planning documents, and vice versa.


◾️Defining a set of unique indicators that meet the challenges of a particular city, as well as assuring that these indicators coincide with higher-level goals.


◾️Tracking performance of planning policies as a key factor in achieving long-term goals.