The project has two overarching tasks:
We will focus on indicator sets that were specifically designed to influence policies. This will include indicators for sector integration of environment, indicators for policy instruments such as sustainable development strategies, and ex-ante impact assessments of policy suggestions including research and innovation, but also indicators and indices, which are used by various stakeholders for policy influence. The work will be carried out at two levels: national and supra-national (EU).
The analytical phase will be based on a thorough literature review on the state-of-the-art of indicator use that will result in a framework and set of hypotheses, which will be tested in the concrete cases. The techniques that we will employ in our work can also be used in the future to apply already in the production phase of the indicators for a certain policy and hence avoid possible shortcomings in the methods and outcome.