Yardstick Programme

Why should you consider joining?
What is Yardstick?

Yardstick Parks SA 2015
Yardstick Support – Person Specification

Yardstick is a benchmarking project, focused on parks and recreation activities. It collects and compares a range of information relating to the provision of services, cost of service provision, asset management processes and planning and policy information.

It is managed by a Technical Group of parks and recreation managers from a range of member organisations in New Zealand and Australia. Membership in Yardstick NZ is available through the New Zealand Recreation Association and in Australia through the IPWEA. Prophet IAM provides the project management and services to see that the project is completed on time annually.

The project is intended to operate long term, enabling a range of topics to be covered in detail each year, together with the repetition of some topics in future years to provide trend information.

The project is self funding relying on a subscription from members to cover its costs.

What do you get?

· An annual questionnaire design by current member park managers which ensures relevant topics and understandable questions

· A hard copy annual report which is an easy to read open document suitable for parks professionals, senior managers and elected officials

· An enclosed CD that includes a PDF copy of the current report, the raw data from all members in an excel spreadsheet and all previous years reports and data

· From 2007 a library of key performance indicators (KPI) have been established that will enable organisations to select certain KPI's for use in their own organisations
reporting processes

Please click on these links for more information:

Useful Yardstick Links:

NZRA's benchmarking project for parks and leisure facilities - A business
improvement initiative developed by the industry for the industry... Yardstick
comprises several sub-projects including:

  • Yardstick Parks - A benchmarking tool for the Parks Industry
  • Yardstick ParkCheck - A benchmarked park user customer survey
  • Yardstick Pools and Leisure Centre - A benchmarking tool for swimming
    pools and multi use leisure centres
  • Yardstick LeisureCheck - A benchmarked pool and Leisure Centre user
    customer survey
Yardstick goes global: After successfully establishing Yardstick in Australia, NZRA has partnered with IFPRA to promote Yardtsick internationally.