How does the vision work?
Future Jersey - the Island's first long-term, community vision - describes the ideal future that Islanders want for Jersey.
This is captured in the vision statement, and then broken down into tangible social, environment and economic outcomes that work together to drive quality of life, such as health, safety, good jobs and a clean environment.
The vision does not impose a set of actions to achieve the outcomes - this detail belongs in delivery strategies and plans - but rather it acts as a guide to help inform those policy priorities and choices.
It also provides a framework to measure Jersey's progress towards the outcomes, demonstrating in facts and figures, which areas are doing well and where more needs to be done.
If Jersey is to succeed in achieving the ambitions, the whole community needs to work together and play an active role wherever it can.
Quality of life
The key things to remember about the outcomes are:
They are long-term. They are about improvement over the next 20 years, not instant results. For example, energy policies linked to a long-term vision deliver results over decades, not tomorrow or next year.
They are enduring. The outcomes are about big pictures results, such as safety and health, that will be just as important in 20 years' time.
They work together, not alone. Jersey cannot afford to put its community, the environment or the economy in separate boxes. They all contribute to Islanders' quality of life and impact on each other.
They are not unique to Jersey. The same things drive people's quality of life everywhere. What makes each community different is the policies it chooses to pursue and the impact they have on progress - for example, some places are safer or healthier than others.
A guide for the future
The vision sets a desired direction to inform and guide future planning by any organisation - public or private.
For government in particular, it allows successive Council of Ministers to decide how they intend to make a difference in achieving the outcomes. It enables them to make informed decisions about their priorities and strategies, based on the facts and figures the vision draws together. This in turn gives a long-term focus to decision-making and resource allocation further down the chain.
If a community is clear about what it hopes to achieve, it needs to monitor progress, and this is where the Island Indicators come in.
These headline indicators - measuring things like traffic congestion, or the amount of disposable income Islanders have - tell the community whether it is heading in the right direction. They are supported by a huge amount of other key information, which help to tell the story behind each trend; in other words, what is happening.
They are not about short-term improvement. Bird populations in Jersey, for example, have been in decline for two decades. Improvement between one year and the next doesn’t change the bigger picture. Sometimes the best that can be done is to slow down the rate at which things are getting worse, before turning things around.
It is also important to remember the influence on some of these indicators - and ultimately the outcomes - of external factors outside of Jersey's control, such as climate change and an ageing population.
Review and refresh
Future Jersey is not set in stone. It is, after all, created at a particular moment in time, on the basis of the information available. It must evolve in response to changing circumstances and lessons learnt along the way. For example, a new indicator might provide additional or better evidence of progress.