Just how well do Croatian city administrations work, how well do Croatian mayors actually do their jobs, and how are Croatian companies performing? All will be revealed…
As Vedran Marjanovic/Novac writes on the 9th of April, 2019, just like in 2018, this year, Croatia is beginning to thoroughly monitor and evaluate the work of its many mayor and the administrations of 126 Croatian cities in order to choose the best among them, and all local authorities have been pushing for better management in favour of their respective residents. This is the main mission of the second time of voting for the best Croatian cities under the organisation of the Gradonačelnik.hr portal and the Ipsos agency.
”Last year, when the idea of monitoring and evaluating the work of city administrations was initially launched, we weren’t able to see how much the project would demand in terms of organisation, media, logistics and research, and after last year’s award ceremony for the the best cities, we’re proud to say that we created a sustainable methodology for the monitoring and ranking of Croatian cities. After all, we’re convinced that we have developed the first credible metric to monitor the quality of life in Croatian cities. Since the cities themselves, as well as our readers, have recognised the seriousness of our Best City project this year, we decided to take it to a new level – we turned it into a year-round project. Additionally, while last year we ranked the work of city administrations first, this year we will also have competitions for Croatian companies in terms of Smart City and Eco City solutions.
Our goal is to create a platform that will bring the public closer to local politics, primarily by comparing the performance of Croatian local self-government units,” stated Vanja Sertić, the founder of Gradonačelnik.hr‘s project, who also expressed her expectation that this year’s selection of the best Croatian cities will contribute to creating a positive competition among local leaders which will ultimately also make the lives of their fellow citizens better.
Months of research and evaluation of Croatian cities will culminate in the final announcement of the winners on October the 4th this year in six categories and in three competitions – the large (over 35,000 inhabitants), the medium (between 10,000 and 35,000) and the small Croatian towns with a maximum of 10,000 inhabitants. The main categories are quality of life, economy and education with demography, youth and social policy. Special categories are Eco city, Smart City and EU Fund Champion.
“We will analyse all of the publicly available statistics, carry out and conduct surveys among the cities, as well as among their residents, and thus create a list of cities that have something to boast about,” said Vanja Sertić.
This is a comprehensive evaluation of the indicators of Croatian cities, for example in the category of quality of life, research includes data on the city’s safety and security, budget allocations for culture and sports, real estate prices, the number of parking spaces and the quality of the city’s transport. In addition, according to Ante Šalinovic of Ipsos, this time statements of the citizens themselves are being taken into account, as is their perception of the quality of life in the areas where they live and work.
”Last year, we participated in the creation of methodology for the selection of the city with the best quality of life in Croatia, linking different pieces of statistical data with the perception of satisfaction with life in those cities. We determined that each parameter influences the quality of life and we ultimately ranked the cities. In 2019, we’ll continue to explore the quality of life in Croatian cities, with an additional methodology upgrade to get the most accurate ranking of the cities that provide their citizens with the best quality of life and living standards,” Šalinović told Novac.
By introducing a special Smart City Award for technologically advanced city management solutions or in providing citizens’ services, this election of the best Croatian cities seeks to measure the consistency of local self-government units with contemporary trends.