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32 A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies Chapter 7 Sustainability Measures Checklist The sustainability Once you have selected your set of goals, objectives, and checklist is a self- measures, use the sustainability checklist (Table 4) to evaluate assessment tool that the SPM framework as applied and to make refinements and can be used to evaluate provide feedback as described in Chapter 5. The yes/no the application of the questions in the checklist provide a self-assessment tool that will framework, make identify any areas that may need further work or follow-up. The refinements, provide feedback, and identify checklist can be used to evaluate your product, ensuring that areas for follow-up. your set of measures gives a valid and complete picture of your sustainability progress. The checklist helps answer the following questions: · Does your set of goals, objectives, and measures work? · Are all four sustainability principles addressed in a balanced way? · Will these measures give you the information you need? · Do you have the data you need to implement these measures?
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Sustainability Measures Checklist 33 Table 4. Sustainability measures checklist. YES NO FOLLOW UP GOALS The final set of goals addresses the four sustainability principles 1. Preserving and enhancing environmental and ecological systems. 2. Fostering community health and vitality. 3. Promoting economic development and prosperity. 4. Ensuring equity between and among population groups and over generations. The four sustainability principles are well balanced across the final set of goals. The final set of goals has been reviewed and approved. O BJECTIVES The objective is clearly stated and easy to communicate. Meeting the objective will help achieve progress in meeting the related goal. Progress in meeting the objective can be measured with credible data. MEASURES The measure is clearly stated and easy to communicate. The measure as defined will give useful information about progress in meeting the objective. The set of measures defined for an individual objective will give enough information to evaluate progress. The set of measures focuses on outcomes as well as key outputs. The data required to support the measure are available and credible. DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION Key partners and stakeholders have been engaged in defining the goals, objectives, and measures. Responsibility for implementing each objective has been assigned. Responsibility for collecting data and reporting on performance has been assigned. The necessary staff time and resources are available. Management responsibility is clear for reviewing performance and recommending follow-up action. A process and schedule are in place for measurement, internal reporting, assessment, and future action. A communication plan is in place to keep stakeholders and partners informed and engaged.