Reporting Social Outcomes of Development: An Analysis of Diverse Approaches

By Michael Cuthill, Helen Ross, Kirsten Maclean, Karen Owens, Bradd Witt and Christine King.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Over the past 40 years there has been widespread and ongoing international interest in reporting the social outcomes of development. A range of approaches have been developed emanating from diverse disciplinary perspectives to serve a varied range of operational purposes. Research reported in this paper builds from a systematic review of literature relating to these diverse disciplinary and/or operational approaches, including for example, literature focusing on reporting of social outcomes relating to ‘quality of life’, ‘community well-being’, ‘state of the environment’, ‘national census’, ‘sustainable communities’ and ‘social determinants of health’. A set of diverse and representative approaches was then selected for analysis. This analysis provided the foundation for development of a conceptual framework for regional monitoring and reporting of social resilience. Application of this framework to social resilience reporting requirements in the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas, North Queensland Australia, is discussed.

Keywords: Social Indicators, Comparitive Analysis, Meta Review

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.145-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 760.261KB).

Assoc. Prof. Michael Cuthill

Director, UQ Boilerhouse Community Engagement Centre, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Dr. Michael Cuthill has been working in the broad area of participatory democracy in Australia for 12 years. He has held senior positions both in academia and in government, and has held his current appointment as Director of the University of Queensland, UQ Boilerhouse Community Engagement Centre since 2005. Under his direction the centre has established 12 major projects relating to engaged governance and social sustainability, with over $2 million dollars funding, and actively involving over 100 private, public, community and university sector stakeholders. He is currently involved with international research projects involving the Kettering foundation, the International Association for Public Participation, and North American and UK universities. He is the University of Queensland representative on the ‘Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance’, and has recently developed a ‘National quality framework for university-engagement in Australia’. Michael is a strong advocate for universities having an active role in helping build just and sustainable communities.

Prof. Helen Ross

Professor, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Helen Ross is Professor of Rural Community Development in the School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, the University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist (environmental psychologist and anthropologist) specialising in social aspects of sustainable development and environmental management. Her fields include community participation in natural resource management, collaborative planning and management processes involving communities and agencies, social impact assessment and approaches to integration.


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