Methodological aspects

Presentation of methods and tools of the indicator system MONET


Introduction


The topics

The MONET indicator system consists of 80 indicators, structured according to the twelve following topics.


The principles of sustainable development

Sustainable development is translated into concrete terms via principles. These principles ultimately constitute the framework with which observed developments can be rated with regard to their sustainability. Therefore, each indicator must be related to at least one principle.

The principles are allocated to the respective target dimensions "social solidarity", "economic efficiency" and "environmental responsibility" and subdivided in 20 specific areas.

Principles concerning social solidarity

Principles concerning economic efficiency

Principles concerning ecological responsibility

The principles are available in PDF format below


Explanation of evaluation symbols

Each MONET system indicator is accompanied by three symbols:

Targeted trends

The first describes the targeted trend according to the objectives of sustainable development. These objectives are principles of sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals (SDGs) and its targets adapted to the Swiss context and quantified objectives with set deadlines.

Growth
Decrease
Stabilisation

Observed trends

The second describes the observed trend based on the trend calculated for the period under analysis, generally since 2000, or since the date of the first survey if it was conducted after 2000, as well as the last value available.

Growth
Decrease
No marked change

Assessment of the observed trend in relation to targeted trend

The third is derived from a comparison of the first two and makes it possible to assess the observed trend. The observed trend is positive if it corresponds to the targeted trend, negative if the opposite is the case and unchanged if its change in trend ranges between +3% and -3%.

Positive
No assessment
Negative
Unchanged

Detailed explanations are available in PDF format below


Overview of the state of the art in assessing indicators

This handbook provides an overview of the current state of the art in the domain of indicator-based assessment of sustainable development in Europe.


The global dimension


Revision of MONET indicators system

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