From this we developed an Inclusive Growth Index, which tracks twenty city-wide and neighbourhood level statistics categorised by the three domain areas. Taken together these metrics should indicate whether we are collectively tackling the root causes of inequality and creating the conditions for a more inclusive society. Our aspiration is that this Index will help our officers and partners to determine how they could support a more inclusive approach to growth by focusing their attention on the key issues for Belfast. Importantly it will also provide a tool to understand progress in a way which is accessible to stakeholders, can be jointly owned and which over time should help to inform future policy focus.
2. Inclusive Growth Toolkit: Supporting staff in translating inclusive growth into action
Throughout our conversations we realised that officers and partners were enthusiastic and committed to pursuing inclusive growth, but struggled to translate this from a concept into practical actions which would have a positive impact within the remit of their role. We wanted to provide a structured and accessible tool to support officers – something that would develop a consistency of approach and build capacity.
Our Inclusive Growth Toolkit provides practical guidance for staff to encourage inclusive growth outcomes through all our investments, built around the lifecycle of a project.