What is Indicator Reporting



An indicator is a yardstick for assessing trends and change; it is a measure that helps track progress. In addition to providing the means to accurately measure progress, a meaningful set of sustainability indicators should motivate and inform future actions. Of course, it is not possible to measure everything. For example, the SSP has 11 Focus Areas and 55 End-state Goals. If we had even a single indicator for each End-state Goal, we would already have a large set to monitor and would probably be overlooking some very basic community profile indicators. The greatest challenge in this project has been identifying a manageable set of indicators that together convey the crucial information pertaining to Rossland’s sustainability progress. The project aimed to produce results that are:

  • meaningful and motivational;
  • information enhancing;
  • reliable;
  • accessible; and
  • affordable.