Support Us  Blog Contact Us עברית
The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
Home    News & Events   JIIS Bulletin - December 2012
News & Events
Updates
Presentations
Events
Articles
Videos
News Database
Newsletter
June 2018 - Forever in Our Hearts?
May 2018 - The American Embassy's transfer to Jerusalem
April 2018 - Upcoming events
September 2017 - Happy New Jewish Year
August 2017 - 'Residents, Not Citizens'
April 2017 - Making space for each other
April 2017 - Happy Passover
December 2016 - Employment and Livelihood among Hared and Ba’alei Teshuva
November 2016 - Together or to each his own?
September 2016 - Updates and upcoming events
June 2016 - The Statstical Yearbook of Jerusalem
April 2016 - The Divine Commander
February 2016 - Upcoming events
December 2015 - Upcoming events
September 2015 - Upcoming events
September 2015 - Shana Tova
June 2015 - East and West: Equality and Inequality in Jerusalem
JIIS Bulletin - June 2015
JIIS Bulletin- September 2014
JIIS Bulletin - July 2014
JIIS Bulletin - March 2014
JIIS Bulletin - September 2013
JIIS Bulletin-Statistical Yearbook
JIIS Bulletin - May 2013
JIIS Bulletin-Remembering Barsi
JIIS Bulletin - December 2012
JIIS Bulletin - September 2012
JIIS Bulletin - July 2012
JIIS Bulletin - May 2012
JIIS Bulletin - April 2012
JIIS Bulletin - February 2012
JIIS Bulletin - December 2011
JIIS Bulletin - September 2011
JIIS Bulletin - July 2011
JIIS Bulletin - June 2011
JIIS Bulletin - March 2011
JIIS Bulletin - January 2011
JIIS Bulletin - November 2010
JIIS Bulletin - October 2010
JIIS Bulletin - December 2012
Indicators of progress
How does one measure and monitor the "state" of a city or other municipal entity? In the 21st century one of the most efficient methods is to create "indicators" that are specifically designed to follow trends and changes in a city's development processes. "Indicators for assessing the state of a local authority" was the central theme of a JIIS conference in October, at which the Institute's researchers shared their latest findings on the subject with a hall full of mayors, CEOs, strategic directors and senior government officials. 

The team, Dr. Maya Choshen, Israel Kimhi, Yair Assaf-Shapira and Michal Korach, opened the conference by saying that indicators have become a "valuable tool" used widely around the Western world. "The concept behind an indicator system is not to measure a municipality’s productivity but rather to constantly monitor and assess progress in terms of the goals and vision it has set for itself." In advance of the conference, the JIIS team published a paper describing the various approaches to preparing the indicators, their characteristics, and a host of examples. (Among the indicator topics researched to date by the JIIS team are population, education, employment, and planning and building.) The research received considerable coverage in the press, and it contributed to the lively atmosphere at the meeting where participants included top government officials and quite a number of mayors and heads of local authorities.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat concurred with the JIIS team when he stated that “if something cannot be measured, it cannot be managed.” He discussed how the Jerusalem Municipality uses indicators to attain goals. And head of the strategic unit of the Tel Aviv Municipality Tami Gavrieli showed how indicators are used for comprehensive strategic planning by City Hall, highlighting the relationship between vision and practice. 

Head of the Local Authorities Division at the Interior Ministry Mordechai Cohen shared his opinion that common indicators can be used even for authorities that are extremely different, as long as they are simple and clear, and that at the same time, each local authority can develop specific indicators that are suited to its own needs. 

Saleh Suleiman, head of the Bu’eine Nujeidat Council, bemoaned the problems that exist for local authorities that are defined as “weak.” They are constantly struggling between expectations and budgetary cuts and the desire to grant suitable services to their residents. He explained that the threat that councils that do not show balanced budgets will be decentralized caused those authorities to cut expenses, which meant that they were providing sub-standard services. 

Raanan Dinur, former director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, led a discussion on the subject of "indicators and practice in local authorities." He noted that municipalities should not be considered as one entity, that each has its own set of unique characteristics – and these should be taken into account when looking for incentives to their progress. Moreover, there should be a law that addresses the relationship between the central and local authorities, he said, and such a law should allow room for the latters' differing features. 

Meanwhile, Reuven Kogan, deputy head of the Budget Department at the Ministry of Finance, said that the ministry places great importance on the indicator of income and expenses. To this end, he said, the ministry invests great efforts in growth engines “to ensure that local authorities can attain economic independence.” 

Completing the picture in municipalities, Ramla Mayor Yoel Lavi, Tel Aviv Municipality Director-General Menachem Leibe and his counterpart in Givatayim, Yoram Cohen, outlined how they employ indicators – whether it is to solve problems, measure the level of quality their municipalities provide or undertake broader urban analyses. 

JIIS intends to continue to explore the topic of indicators by hosting roundtables with relevant experts and through additional research projects. 

Next
Advanced Search
© All rights reserved to The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies Privacy Policy Consulting by InTv.co.il בניית אתרים ICS