Blecic, Ivan, Arnaldo Cecchini, and Valentina Talu (2009). "Towards an operationalisation of capability approach for measuring quality of urban life and evaluating urban policies" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

The paper explores possibilities of operational application of the capability approach in an evaluation model for measuring quality of urban life and evaluating urban policies in developed countries. We first discuss the approach, which we call “countabilistic”, adopted in many methodologies commonly used for measuring quality of urban life. We then try to make the case for better suitability and usefulness of an alternative approach, grounded on the capability theory. The basic structure and the conceptual framework of the evaluation model is presented in the paper. Finally, we present some preliminary products of our first attempt to put into practice this framework, through measuring the quality of urban life of children.