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Great Parks Network benchmark survey 2010. Report for the Parks Forum

Tonge, J. and Moore, S.A. (2011) Great Parks Network benchmark survey 2010. Report for the Parks Forum. Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia.

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Ever since parks have been established, managers have sought to achieve their effective management through the development of a professional approach. Part of this professionalism is being able to evaluate the extent to which their parks protect natural and cultural values and deliver benefits to the community. Another part is demonstrating accountability and transparency in park management. Both require the systematic collection of information and reporting on performance.

Parks Forum, the peak body for park management agencies, has established a benchmarking survey for use by its members to systematically collect information on their management performance. The Great Parks Network Benchmark Survey was initially developed, tested and implemented in 2007, with the benchmarks covering environmental, economic, social, cultural and management performance. The widely-used IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas management effectiveness evaluation approach, which assesses the context, planning, inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes of park management, guided development of the benchmarking measures.

In 2010 a total of 26 member agencies, representing agencies serving city, regional, state and national populations, completed the online Great Parks Network Benchmark Survey. Provided in this report are analyses of the results of both the 2010 and 2007 surveys, with an emphasis on the results from the most recent survey. Key results from 2010 for each of the benchmark categories are presented in the table below. Broad areas where agencies performed well (90% or more of agencies responded yes) and areas for improvement (60% or fewer agencies responded yes) are listed.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Murdoch University
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