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Benchmarking
The Alberta Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (AMBI) is a collaboration of 10 cities and towns in Alberta to develop and build upon a framework for an ongoing benchmarking process. 

A benchmark is an established point of reference against which things can be measured and compared. In this case, the benchmark is municipal service delivery metrics over time.  
 
Why benchmarking
Benchmarking is a sound business practice often used by governments and private sector 
It assists municipalities in sharing knowledge and best practices, and builds awareness of the value of collaboration
It identifies opportunities to improve service delivery and cost savings
It helps to align service requirements with budget
It encourages a culture of continuous improvement
It demonstrates transparency and accountability and value for money

Each community in Alberta is unique and face local factors that impact their service delivery, such as population growth, commercial/residential mix, and geography. In general, benchmarking assists elected officials, administration and residents to understand how their municipality is performing over time. 

Participating municipalities in the first report are Airdrie, Banff, Beaumont, Canmore, Cochrane, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Okotoks and Wetaskiwin. 

Service areas measured include wastewater, snow and ice management, parks provision, solid waste and roads. The first report, drinking water, was released November 16, 2015. 

Drinking Water Report