Measuring What Matters: Planning Outcomes Research Report
This report by the Royal Town Planning Institute offers a toolkit for planning demonstrating the value of it and how it contributes to environmental, economic and societal outcomes, and therefore it proves a useful evidence base across all levels of government.
*This resource is about indicators contributing to planning outcomes. It is not specifically about the High Street but has been included in response to requests for more studies/information about this topic, as well as linking to the Place Management priority for High Street vitality and viability*.
This report by the Royal Town Planning Institute offers a toolkit for planning demonstrating the value of it and how it contributes to environmental, economic and societal outcomes, and therefore it proves a useful evidence base across all levels of government. The tool can be used for any stage of a plan and can be used as part of an annual monitoring process or as part of a plan-making and implementation cycle. The research resulting in the toolkit identified eight outcome themes where the tool can contribute to integration for areas of change and influence the planning system:
- Place – design and people
- Health and wellbeing
- Environment – conservation and improvement
- Climate change
- Homes and community
- Economy and town centres
- Process and engagement
Each of the themes comprise of their own set of indicators, that are designed to address national, regional and local policy outcomes. There is also a comparative scoring method (1-5) for the indicators to provide insight around achievements against objectives across policies, plans as well as the eight themes.
The toolkit data available can be used by a wide range of stakeholders including:
- Citizens, civic groups, residents and business stakeholders within the area who need to measure place-based outcomes (for example for funding reporting).
- Developers, investors and consultants behind key masterplan and development projects, looking to ensure that their proposals are outcomes-based and compliant with wider aims.
- Researchers such as universities, professional bodies and even the local and national media (consider interest in Covid-19 statistics).
- New cross sectoral planning partnerships – e.g. public-private or non-governmental organisations – as basis for tracking new plans and strategies.