MEASURING UP WITH YARDSTICK
The Ontario Parks Association began partnering with the New Zealand Recreation Association to participate in the Yardstick Parkcheck Benchmarking project in 2012.
Yardstick is a qualitative and quantitative benchmarking system owned and operated collaboratively through partnerships with international industry organisations. Parks and Facility Managers developed Yardstick for the industry as a benchmarking tool to collect management and planning information to measure current performance and drive future improvements.
With over 120 member organisations worldwide Yardstick has arrived in Canada, with members currently residing in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton, Strathcona, Lethbridge and St Albert). With the newly created partnership between Ontario Parks Association and the NZ Recreation Association this service can now be provided to industry organisations in Ontario.
Participation in the Yardstick project will assist you in responding in a positive manner to any and all of the following issues:
Ontario Parks Association is encouraging organisations to subscribe and participate in this project. A project brochure is available at http://www.yardstickglobal.org/projects_parkcheck. The Management Measures component of the project commences in March annually with the final benchmarked report including the Canada specific category published in July each year.