Coventry has set out its ambition to become a ‘Top Ten City’: a city the size and stature of Coventry should have aspirations to match.
However, a standard measure or ranking of cities does not exist. There are many measures out there to compare and contrast places – combining economic growth with liveability. So we decided to create our own, combining the best of measures out there.
We undertook a literature review – and here are some of the other measures already in existence:
Decide on the domains (parameters) you wish to measure
Indicators carefully chosen to ensure they actually measure the desired effect/outcome. Indicators must all be directional. Indicators are combined, weighted and standardised using z-scores so that they’re comparable with one another.
Choose places to compare (e.g. statistical neighbours)
Subject to data availability, any place can be compared – for instance, Coventry vs other cities (statistical neighbours, or aspirational comparisons); lower / upper tier authorities; combined authority areas; regions; etc.
See how places compare with one another
The composite liveability measure is a relative measure. Results can be displayed as relative scores; as quintiles; or as a ranking. Rankings can be generated for each domain (parameter) or as an overall score.