Methodology for the City Prosperity Initiative - Perception Index

The City Prosperity Initiative-Perception Index (CPI-PI) is a tool derived and aligned to the City Prosperity Initiative- Index structure (CPI-I), per its latest version (2017), which answers to the urban Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). This version is also known as “CPI-SDGs”.

Based on the City Prosperity Initiative- Index, the CPI-Perception Index operates complex and multidimensional concepts using the same six dimensions of prosperity and sustainability: governance, planning, economy, infrastructure, social cohesion and ecology in cities. With the intention of complementing the CPI objective measures, the CPI-PI offers a primary source, with recent and reliable information and a vision about the thoughts and feelings of the population, which qualifies the prosperity, the sustainability of the city, beyond the raw data. The CPI-PI is based on the same concept of the CPI, understanding that urban prosperity, well- being, sustainability and integrated development are multidimensional concepts that can only be measured precisely when using a composite index. This index serves as a monitoring and diagnostic tool to identify which urban areas are working well and which others are performing poorly.

The 2017 edition of the CPI-SDGs was updated and revised to fulfill a more cohesive purpose, including fewer indicators that provide a more comprehensive understanding of the city’s dynamics, many of the urban SDGs indicators, especially the eleventh, dedicated to ensure the inclusion, security, resilience and sustainability of cities. The CPI-SDGs also includes key components of the New Urban Agenda that was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Quito, Ecuador, on October 2016.

If you would like to view the full document for the CPI-PI please click the link below: cpi.unhabitat.org/perceptionsurvey


City Prosperity Initiative Dimensions of Prosperity

Quality of life

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Equity and social inclusion

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Environmental sustainibility

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Urban governance and legislation

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Productovity

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Infrastructure development

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