Toward a Common Indicator Development Process

Although the frameworks and typologies described in this chapter are useful tools for building indicators, the process chosen for building indicators can also have an important influence on the relevance, effectiveness, and scientific underpinning of the indicators. Based initially on EEA's experience with developing the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM)2 (EEA 1999b and 2001b) and its CSI, six important steps have been identified for an effective indicator-building process (Box 8.2).

Beginning the indicator development process with agreement on a story establishes a clear and explicit understanding of the purpose of the indicators. The indicator story must be closely linked to relevant policies, strategies, and related objectives and should address causes, measures, and links with other policies and societal developments. In

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