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.
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 at OECD, explains the importance of the right geographic scale.