Detailed description of the Good Practice
Based on the national goals for public health and the target areas a model was created in order to be able to follow up the goals on the municipal level. This was given the name Local Welfare Report (“Lokala Välfärdsbokslut”). A local welfare report is based on changes and trends among the population and reveals the demographic and socio-economic data on the health and welfare of each citizen through a number of indicators.
- public health
- monitoring and reporting system
Objectives of the Good Practice
With the help of a set of indicators the report measures and describes statistically the development of health equality over time in order to elucidate whether health equality, seen as a political goal, is being reached or not in the municipality.
The report functions as a basis for economic priorities. The model can shed light on factors such as environment, preconditions for the welfare of children, integration and multi-culturalism, participation and influence as well as public health. The report can provide insight into whether or not sustainment goals are being reached. It can also provide a basis for the allocation of resources to certain sectors and give direction to new initiatives.
In Kalmar the first Local Welfare Report was published 2003 and was then followed up with a new report in 2005. In the spring of 2007 a third Local Welfare Report (2006) was completed.The Local Welfare Report may be followed up each year and should be firmly grounded in municipal leadership and linked to the municipal budget process.
Target group of the Good Practice
The report is targeted to the local admninistrators: The indicators give politicians, civil servants and other agents in the municipality increased understanding of living conditions and a tool for concrete change in living conditions which in turn may contribute to a more egalitarian society – a society which is socially,
environmentally and economically sustainable.
More Details of the Good Practice
The Local Welfare Report of 2005 and 2006 was given a new significant dimension in that it provided a means for politicians and civil servants within the municipality to gain insight into how various factors influencing health are disseminated throughout the various parts of Kalmar Municipality. With consideration to the fact that health is unevenly distributed among the population the statistics were divided according to age, gender and ethnic origin. In this way preconditions for more effective public health planning have been established and particular initiatives can be directed towards those groups whose needs are most pronounced.
Documentation and documents
"Managing sustainability - an organisationla plan for city of Kalmar" available online: http://www.sustainment-project.net/content.php/main:outputs/ and in toolkit URBANworks: http://www.urbanworks-toolkit.eu/
Christian Johansson, project assistant/development department
Data sources and references
SUSTAINMENT project; www.sustainment-project.net and toolbox URBANworks