The (suggested) process

Schöne Städte e.V has developed a first very rough framework and idea of the BCI, but will continue the process with experts and interested people, to transform it into a well-functioning and respective tool. We aim to do this in a co-creation process, with several workshops and online discussion forums. We imagine the following process, as a first draft, to be taken place:

  1. A consortium of EU wide NGOs and research organisations in the field of urban planning, mobility, and human empowerment, including hopefully the people behind the already existing indexes, collects all possible material potentially relevant for the BCI criteria.
  2. In different workshops the criteria are being discussed, and divided into several categories (e.g. 3 or 4). For every category a small workgroup is being created. These work groups afterwards work on defining the different indicator names and possible ways of qualitative assessment.
  3. The work groups come together during a long day or weekend, to make from the individual criteria, a complete BCI, which prevents overlap of overemphasizing on criteria, and discusses potential ways of measurement. A total of about 20 criteria are being applied.
  4. An open process is organised where citizens, as well as other NGOs and research organisations, are asked to give a value of the different criteria (what are the 5 most important points). Based on their input, and discussion followed, weighing factors are being applied.
  5. An assessment manual is being developed by the consortium, explaining the different indicators, ways to get information for the assessment and practical tools and methods. 
  6. Every partner from the EU wide consortium, has to conduct the assessment for all cities bigger than 600.000 inhabitants in their country, or cities which have been regarded as very important for the EU, country or the region (e.g. capitals, or regional capitals).
  7. The data is inserted and the first index is made.
  8. The BCI is improved based on the practical issues and problems risen during the assessments conducted by the partners. The BCI will become a user friendly online tool and be public available for interested organisations or persons. Citizens and NGOs can conduct a self-assessment of their neighborhood or city and share their findings online on the Beautiful Cities Index portal.
  9. Promotional activities on social media and with the institutions are organised.

The assessment is thought to be conducted every two years. However, also every two years, some changes are made in the methodology. A total of two new criteria can be replacing two existing criteria, which have seemed to be difficult, or not really following the trends and discussions. Also the weighing process with other citizens and organisations is conducted again. Also the BCI will be improved based on comments from users doing the self-assessments.

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