Survey results show that over the past decade Waikato residents have become less likely to agree that the public has an influence over the decisions their local Council makes.
This indicator measures people's level of agreement that the public has influence on local Council decisions. It uses information drawn from the Quality of Life Survey.
Community involvement is critical for effective local government. People’s perception of their council's accessibility to include them into its decision-making processes, and the extent to which they feel they can have an influence over Council decisions, is a measure of how adequate these processes are for community involvement.
Measuring people’s perception of the extent of public influence over local Council decisions can assist councils in improving their community engagement processes. Greater engagement between councils and people living in the Waikato region can help councils become more representative of what residents and ratepayers want and need.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Indicator is the percentage of people who agree that the public have ‘large’ or ‘some’ influence over the decisions that their local Council makes. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey(external link).
Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006 and 2016.
Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes
Other regions: Yes
New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No