Integrated Local Sustainability Strategies, Capacities, and Performance Management
The Integrated Local Sustainability Strategies, Capacities, and Performance Management project seeks to advance our understanding of how local governments in Indiana can effectively integrate sustainability planning, capacity-building, and performance management. It recognizes sustainability's challenges, requiring communities to formulate long-term strategies and develop the capabilities to implement them. The research involves analyzing Indiana municipalities to uncover how they engage in sustainability planning, develop the necessary capacities, and assess and enhance their performance, utilizing various research methods.
This research combines various research methods, including developing machine-learning techniques and text analysis of planning documents, surveys on municipal and collaborative capacity-building, and generating behavioral insights on using performance information in decision-making. The goal of using these mixed methods is to gain a comprehensive understanding of how they contribute to progress and bridging gaps in our knowledge of how they contribute to improvement and bridging gaps in our understanding of these critical processes. Furthermore, the project aims to provide transformative knowledge for scholars and local government practitioners, benefiting communities at different stages of sustainability efforts. It will create a comprehensive database of variables generated throughout the research, laying the groundwork for future studies.