April 19, 2014
The importance of selecting a ‘salient’ or ‘relative’ socio-ecological system based quality of life indicator(s) is that it will provide validity to my research approach and data collection/analysis methodology.
Yes, these indicators first and foremost must be measurable, but often within social sciences, these indicators are intricately related to other indicators and variables.
So, I am then measuring the indicator’s behaviour with respect to other indicators. Right - lovely…
Yes, we are measuring a specific condition, a snapshot in the spectrum of change and action. So how can we measure this behaviour or relationship?
These relationships can be expressed through Descriptive Indicators. These descriptive indicators, specific to socio-ecological sytems, can be either affected or not by social policy and actions or processes (manipulable).
We are trying to measure the influences of these relationships. Modelling is an effective if not only tool to facilitate this (often input and output indicators - often with side-effect indicators).
Again, it is important to note that no model can capture all these relationships and influences. In addition, the current state is entropic beyond capture.
Regardless, my research goal is to develop an integrated model reflecting the socio-ecological processes within green spaces and quality of life.