The Brief

2019 marks the 10 year anniversary of the publication of the Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress which asserted the value of governments shifting emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring citizens’ wellbeing.

Given the international significance of the Commission’s Report, the 10 year anniversary of its publication provides an opportunity to celebrate of how far governments have come in their development of more holistic measures of social progress, and to reflect on aspirations for the future.


Blog series

The Trust is therefore publishing a series of blogs from international experts, policymakers, practitioners and politicians, which outline the approach taken to measuring and improving wellbeing by different governments, organisations and initiatives around the world. The Trust will publish at least one blog per month throughout 2019.

Blog 1. The first blog from Martine Durand, Co-Chair of the High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, explains the importance of measuring what matters to citizens to inform public services which are designed to improve societal wellbeing.

Blog 2. The second blog from Dr. Katherine Trebeck, Policy and Knowledge lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, explores the premise of a wellbeing economy.

Blog 3. The third blog from Paul Allin, Visiting Professor of statistics, Imperial College London, chair of the Advisory Panel of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and former director of the UK Measuring National Wellbeing Programme, explains which three areas, from his perspective, stand out as the Commission’s legacy.

Blog 4. The fourth blog from Paolo Veneri, Head of Territorial Analysis and Statistics Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, explains the importance of the right geographic scale.

Blog 5. The fifth blog from Kristen Lewis, Director, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council, explores bringing human development to the United States.

Blog 6. The sixth blog from Petur Berg Matthiasson, Senior Policy Advisor, Prime Minister Office, Iceland, explores the importance of wellbeing is changing governments’ priorities.

Blog 7. The seventh blog from Peter Davies, Chair Wales Council for Voluntary Action and trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (previously Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales 2011-16 and Vice Chair (Wales) of the UK Sustainable Development Commission 2006-2011), explores the Wales we want.

Blog 8. The eighth blog from Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, explores Breaking from tradition – why we must embrace the National Performance Framework.

Blog 9. The ninth blog from Hon Grant Robertson, New Zealand Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, explores – Putting Wellbeing at the heart of government.

Blog 10. The tenth blog from Alan Thornburrow, Director at Business in the Community explores a key point – let’s build and move towards a positive vision rather than away from a negative one.

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Lauren Pennycook


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