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The Usefulness Of Analytical Tools For Sustainable Futures


  • Aliye Ahu Akgün


  • Eveline van Leeuwen
  • Peter Nijkamp



The aim of this study is to assess the usefulness of analytical tools for policy evaluation. The study focuses on a multi-method integrated toolkit, the so-called SMILE toolkit. This toolkit consist of the integration of three evaluation frameworks developed within an EU-funded consortium called Development and Comparison of Sustainability (DECOIN) and further applied within the consortium Synergies in Multi-Scale Inter-Linkages of Eco-social systems (SMILE). This toolkit is developed to provide reporting features that are required for monitoring policy-making. The sustainable development perspective is rather difficult to attempt due to its dynamism and its multi-dimensionality. Therefore, in this study, we aim to assess the usefulness of the SMILE toolkit to sustainable development issues on the basis of the critical factors of sustainable development. In other words, here, we will prove the usefulness of the toolkit to help policymakers to think about and work on sustainable developments in the future.

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  • Aliye Ahu Akgün & Eveline van Leeuwen & Peter Nijkamp, 2011. "The Usefulness Of Analytical Tools For Sustainable Futures," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1575, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa11p1575

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    1. Akgun, A.A. & Leeuwen, E.S. van & Nijkamp, P., 2011. "A systemic perspective on multi-stakeholder sustainable development strategies," Serie Research Memoranda 0009, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    2. Nijkamp, Peter & Yim, Hoyan, 2001. "Critical success factors for offshore airports — a comparative evaluation," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 7(3), pages 181-188.
    3. Hinloopen, Edwin & Nijkamp, Peter & Rietveld, Piet, 1983. "Qualitative discrete multiple criteria choice models in regional planning," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(1), pages 77-102, February.
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