Applications: Indicators Research
An indicator is a summary measure used to present important trends for consideration by planners and policy makers, stakeholders and citizens. The process of constructing indicators is difficult owing in part to the rigorous and universally agreed upon measurement requirements before summary measures can be used at national and international levels. We know, for example, that major differences exist within and across nations in how households and society function. Conventional measures treat households as identical even though they are not, so there is now a need to rethink existing indicators and develop new ones reflective of unique local, regional or national conditions.
We live in an era of worldwide attention to global sustainable development. As a result, PsySiP is tackling the construction of measures of sustainable household energy consumption. Our goal is to define longitudinal and culturally relevant measures of household energy use linked to various types of energy delivery systems.
As social and behavioral scientists, we are particularly interested in consumer awareness and use of residential energy feedback technologies as antecedents to making decisions regarding the use of electricity. We have proposed a measurement strategy to the United Nations in their call for research-based approaches to sustainable development.
P. Flattau, "Design and diffusion of smart energy monitors for sustainable household consumption." Brief for Global Sustainable Development Report 2015, United Nations. June 2015.
K.A. Kaijage, "Achieving Sustainable Energy Consumption in Tanzania." Brief for Global Sustainable Development Report 2015, United Nations. June 2015.