The Brief

2019 marked 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 provided 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 has therefore published 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. While these blogs were written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the aim of collating these reflections into a single publication is to inform, engage and inspire the international community as it seeks to plan for the recovery.

The individual blogs can be accessed below.

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 in measuring wellbeing.

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

Blog 6. The sixth blog from Petur Berg Matthiasson, Senior Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office in Iceland, explores the importance of wellbeing in 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 how legislation supports societal wellbeing in Wales.

Blog 8. The eighth blog from Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, explains why Scotland 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, outlines the world-leading development a Wellbeing Budget in New Zealand.

Blog 10. The tenth blog from Alan Thornburrow, Director at Business in the Community, argues for the need for a positive future vision for society.

Blog 11. The eleventh blog from Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance at the Scottish Government, explains how and why wellbeing is at the centre of Scotland’s progress.

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