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dc.contributor.authorde Olde, Evelien M
dc.contributor.authorMoller, Henrik
dc.contributor.authorMarchand, Fleur
dc.contributor.authorMcDowell, Richard W
dc.contributor.authorMacLeod, Catriona
dc.contributor.authorSautier, Marion
dc.contributor.authorHalloy, Stephan
dc.contributor.authorBarber, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorBenge, Jayson
dc.contributor.authorBockstaller, Christian
dc.contributor.authorBokkers, Eddie A M
dc.contributor.authorde Boer, Imke J M
dc.contributor.authorLegun, Katharine A
dc.contributor.authorLe Quellec, Isabelle
dc.contributor.authorMerfield, Charles
dc.contributor.authorOudshoorn, Frank W
dc.contributor.authorReid, John
dc.contributor.authorSchader, Christian
dc.contributor.authorSzymanski, Erika
dc.contributor.authorSørensen, Claus A G
dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Jay
dc.contributor.authorManhire, Jon
dc.date.available2017-02-16T23:49:14Z
dc.date.copyright2016-05-11
dc.identifier.citationde Olde, E. M., Moller, H., Marchand, F., McDowell, R. W., MacLeod, C., Sautier, M., … Manhire, J. (2016). When experts disagree: the need to rethink indicator selection for assessing sustainability of agriculture. Environment, Development and Sustainability. doi:DOI 10.1007/s10668-016-9803-xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7113
dc.description.abstractSustainability indicators are well recognized for their potential to assess and monitor sustainable development of agricultural systems. A large number of indicators are proposed in various sustainability assessment frameworks, which raises concerns regarding the validity of approaches, usefulness and trust in such frameworks. Selecting indicators requires transparent and well-defined procedures to ensure the relevance and validity of sustainability assessments. The objective of this study, therefore, was to determine whether experts agree on which criteria are most important in the selection of indicators and indicator sets for robust sustainability assessments. Two groups of experts (Temperate Agriculture Research Network and New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard) were asked to rank the relative importance of eleven criteria for selecting individual indicators and of nine criteria for balancing a collective set of indicators. Both ranking surveys reveal a startling lack of consensus amongst experts about how best to measure agricultural sustainability and call for a radical rethink about how complementary approaches to sustainability assessments are used alongside each other to ensure a plurality of views and maximum collaboration and trust amongst stakeholders. To improve the transparency, relevance and robustness of sustainable assessments, the context of the sustainability assessment, including prioritizations of selection criteria for indicator selection, must be accounted for. A collaborative design process will enhance the acceptance of diverse values and prioritizations embedded in sustainability assessments. The process by which indicators and sustainability frameworks are established may be a much more important determinant of their success than the final shape of the assessment tools. Such an emphasis on process would make assessments more transparent, transformative and enduring.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherSpringer Linken_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironment, Development and Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10668-016-9803-xen_NZ
dc.subjectIndicator selection, Multi-criteria assessment, Ranking, Sustainability assessment, Temperate agricultureen_NZ
dc.titleWhen experts disagree: the need to rethink indicator selection for assessing sustainability of agricultureen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2017-02-16T23:10:40Z
otago.schoolCentre for Sustainabilityen_NZ
dc.identifier.doiDOI 10.1007/s10668-016-9803-xen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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