Reliable, relevant and targeted information are essential for the implementation of environmental policies. Indicators provide a tool for collecting, structuring and communicating this information. In the policy process, indicators play an important role as they provide selected, aggregated and interpreted information at various stages of the policy process, show trends and states and thus produce knowledge supporting policy decisions as well as informing the public. In addition to this information and communication function, indicators are used for evaluating and monitoring of policies.
The rational-positivist function of indicators as being a tool for imparting knowledge in the policy process is only one of the various possible analytical approaches. Indicators can also be understood as a tool for describing a problem and to achieve a shared definition of the problem. From another perspective, indicators can also be understood as being political instruments for the implementation of problem definitions and interests. From this perspective, the selection of a particular indicator is a means to emphasize or minimize certain aspects of a problem.
Respectively, the selection of an indicator is not a decision which is solely based on scientific criteria. It is also based on values and interests of the actors involved. The decision to use an indicator is therefore also normative. At the FFU, we deal with the multiple roles of indicators and the process of the development of indicators.

REALISE FORUM (Renewable Energy and Liberalisation in Selected Electricity Markets-Forum)

Dr. Lutz Mez

Jan 01, 2005 — Feb 28, 2007

Project partners: Berliner EnergieagenturBI Norwegian School of ManagementCESI RICERCA, MailandCSTM-Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy, University of TwenteSlovenski E-Forum

‘Sustainable Development Index’ for Nature Conservation - Phase 2

General project coordinator: Dr. Roland Achtziger ...

Aug 01, 2004 — Oct 31, 2006

Project partners: Dr. Roland Achtziger, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Interdisziplinäres Ökologisches Zentrum (IÖZ) Büro Dr. Hermann Stickroth, AugsburgBüro für ökologische Studien GdbR (BföS), Bayreuth

Macro indicators for the state of the environment

Gesamtprojektleitung: Dr. Karl Schoer ...

Jan 01, 1998 — Jun 30, 2001

Projektpartner: Statistisches Bundesamt WiesbadenÖkologiezentrum KielWissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB)

Phase 1: Measuring Welfare in Germany – Proposal for a New National Welfare Index / Phase 2: Updating and international classification

Feb 01, 2007 — Feb 15, 2013

Project partners: Prof. Dr. Hans Diefenbacher, Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft e.V. – Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung

R & D Project ‘Sustainable Development Index’ for Nature Conservation.

General project coordinator: Dr. Roland Achtziger ...

Mar 01, 2002 — Jun 30, 2004

Project partners: Dr. Roland Achtziger, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Interdisciplinary Ecological Center IÖZ (project leader)Büro Dr. Hermann Stickroth, Augsburg

Resource Policy - PolRess

Jan 15, 2012 — May 31, 2015

Project partners: Ecologic; European School of Governance (EuSG); Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS); Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW); Öko-Institut; Wuppertal-Institut

Symposium: Performance Review of Strategies for Sustainable Development Environmental Indicators for Evaluation

Nov 01, 2002 — Jul 01, 2004

Project partners: Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)