Using the Best Practices Database
You can access all of the features of this Database from
the Main Menu.
The Subject Category page allows you to choose records based on
any of eighteen categories. Each organization submitting a record
to the database was allowed to choose up to three categories from
the following list:
• Architecture and Urban Design
• Children and Youth
• Civic Engagement and Cultural Vitality
• Disaster and Emergency
• Economic Development
• Environmental Management
• Gender Equity and Equality
• Infrastructure, Communications, Transportation
• Land Use Management
• Older Persons
• Poverty Eradication
• Production and Consumption Patterns
• Social Services
• Technology, Tools and Methods
• Urban Governance
• Urban and Regional Planning
• Use of Information in Decision Making
In addition, there are 4-9 subcategories for each of the above
categories. You'll see those on the Subject
Categories page. So, if you see a category that pertains to
the urban problem/solution you'd like to research, click on it.
For example, if you're interested in ecology, you might want to
choose Environmental Protection, or perhaps a subcategory such as
urban greening. Your search will select records whose authors specifically
chose those categories.
The Ecosystem page allows you to choose records based the ecosystem
of the region where the urban solution occurred. Record authors
had a choice of eight ecosystems.
For urban solutions of a certain size, use the Scale page. Record
authors were asked to choose one of eight project scales. If you
want to see only urban solutions that were put in place on a Neighborhood
scale, here's the place to find those records.
Award Winners or
Best Practices or
Submissions for the Best Practices database are solicited using
the incentive of the biennial Dubai International Award for Best
Practices in Improving the Living Environment.
Submissions received by the official deadline are validated by
a global network of institutions and organisations and are reviewed
by an independent Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC selects
approximately 100 best practices and forwards a short-list of not
more than 40 to an independent, international Jury for the final
selection of the "Award Winning" practices.
Over 1600 submissions have been received since and an estimated
400 plus submissions have been classified as "Best Practices"
of which 40 have received Awards. Those initiatives not selected
as "Award Winning" or "Best Practices," but
which meet the submission criteria are included in the database
as "Good Practices."
The Search form allows you to initiate a multiple criteria search.
If you're interested in records that show urban solutions that were
done on a National scale and had something to do with public policy,
you can choose those criteria and do a search based on them. You
can also do a full text search.
Once you initiate a search for a specific set of records, then
You'll receive a list of Search Results -- records that met your
search criteria. The list shows the name of the practice and a few
other bits of information. To see the whole record, click on the
name of the practice.
Each record consists of four sections -- Summary, Narrative, Categories
and Contacts. This information is available to all users.