Best Practices Database

Using the Best Practices Database
You can access all of the features of this Database from the Main Menu.

Subject Category

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
• Housing
• 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 Good Practices
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."

Search Form
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 what?

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.