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The Initiative on Triple Bottom Line Development aims to produce timely, accessible analyses that support understanding and action on these issues.

Social Bottom Line Briefing Papers

Development That Adds Up: Accounting for the Social Bottom Line of Triple Bottom Line Investment reports on our review of existing frameworks for measuring the social bottom line and our conversations with community leaders about the topic. Part of our You CAN Get There from Here series, this accessible briefing paper addresses both the definition of a good social bottom line, as well as measurement issues.

Supplement A is our inventory of tools for assessing the social bottom line.
Supplement B is our draft social bottom line framework.
Supplement C is the bibliography associated with the social bottom line.
Supplement D is our matrix mapping and discussing the relationship between current assessment tools and our draft framework (in progress).
Supplement E is our casebook – a compendium of project profiles illustrating the five social bottom line elements (in progress).
Supplement F summarizes industry leaders' recommendations regarding how best to advance the practice of social and triple bottom line development.

Accounting for Development: Assessing Social and Triple Bottom Line Returns of Public Development Investments

As local and regional jurisdictions attempt to ensure that development achieves economic, environmental, and social returns, the need has emerged for tools that evaluate development investment with respect to this “triple bottom line.” This Working Paper prepared for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy examines how local jurisdictions are approaching such assessment. The research examines cases in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, focusing on assessment content (what is reviewed), process (the mechanics of how the review system operates), functionality (how well the system is working), and impact (whether the reviews have made a difference).

Regionally we met with senior level managers in the Portland metro region to learn how, if at all, they take a TBL lens to development.  This report summarizes what we heard from managers of departments of economic development, environmental services, land use planning and review, and transportation (the report).

Framing Inequality

The first in our series of action-oriented publications, You CAN Get There from Here is an article by Joe Grady and Axel Auburn of Cultural Logic, LLC. Framing Inequality offers fresh insight for those working on equity and opportunity issues.

Metroscape Article - Equity and Opportunity in the Region

Published in the Winter 2008 edition of Metroscape, The Interpretation of Dreams: Aspirations and Opportunity in the Region, considers the role of equity and opportunity in achieving the American Dream, as well as how the Dream is unfolding here in the region.

Used and Useful Indicators

Indicator systems can be an important tool for helping communities achieve their goals. Our report on community indicator lessons learned was prepared in an effort to help ensure that the system being developed for the greater Portland-Vancouver region is “used and useful.” The report synthesizes our review of indicator systems in this region with a review of the literature on community indicator systems. The executive summary provides a brief overview and the key themes identified. The full report includes summaries of the three programs identified in the region, a list of interviewees, information on the research design, and the bibliography.

Growing Opportunity: An Examination of Existing Farm Link Programs and Their Applicability to Oregon

Written in January, 2008, this report shares lessons learned gleaned from interviews with staff of thirteen of the fifteen existing US Farm Link programs.