City Analysis Methodology development update

Developing the 'lens framework' and local data collection methods.

A ‘lens framework’ for the CAM has been established, based upon the three pillars of sustainability plus governance. This reflects the UK Government’s approach to sustainability as well as drawing in contextual priorities identified in the literature review (built and natural environment, governance and policy, economy and finance, and society). The lens framework draws upon a strategic planning hierarchy and CH2M HILL’s Sustainable City Network, adapting them to the UK urban context and the CAM’s sustainability space (see the update: ‘City Analysis Framework development update’ and also the paper 'What Makes a City Liveable? Implications for Next-Generation Infrastructure Services'). The result links the CAM’s four lenses to a set of goals, which have arising actions and measures. This lens framework is one in which pathways to impact can be clearly mapped: each lens has associated goals that are delivered via actions the impacts of which are measured.

A set of indicators designed to measure city performance have been established and data gathered at the city scale for Birmingham, Lancaster and Southampton. Work is now focussed upon designing data collection methods at the sub-city scale. This will be tested, initially, in two areas of Birmingham starting in March 2015.

Lens framework
Lens framework