e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress


Within the framework of the FP7 Work Programme 2011 on Socio-economic Science and Humanities, the e-Frame project builds on the latest political directions of the European Commission with a particular attention to the priorities identified in the Europe 2020 strategy. 

The key purpose of the e-Frame  project is to provide a European framework for the debate over the measure of well-being and progress among all relevant stakeholders. The e-Frame  project aims at taking into account all significant aspects of the debate on measuring economic performance, development, well-being and more generally the progress of societies in order to coordinate the activities of relevant stakeholders (NSI, European institutions and policy makers, researchers and civil society) and propose the way forward. 


e-Frame will focus its activities on the achievement of the following general objectives:

  1. Stocktaking of available results and of ongoing research activities on the measurement of well-being and societal progress, including issues of sustainability and social as well as human capital;
  2. Fostering a European debate over the issue;
  3. Defining guidelines for the use of existing indicators; 
  4. Proposing a coherent way of “delivering” information (areas of interest, statistical information);
  5. Identifying new topics to be put on to a future research agenda;
  6. Harmonising National Statistical Institutes initiatives on progress measurement.

e-Frame will ensure a coordination of European beyond GDP activities putting at the centre of the action the national statisticians so to lead to improved official statistics. 

The development of effective dissemination strategies is a key requirement. To this purpose the project will strive to contribute to effective dissemination of thematic results to targeted audiences developing several strategies and activities. These will be implemented according to a strong  dissemination plan  which is structured around a number of events which will set the pace for activities, in particular during the life cycle of the project the following events will be organised:

  •  two general conferences 
  •  nine thematic workshops

The general objectives will be approached through the achievement of 10 specific results

  1. Collecting and systematizing of recent research results and practices within the measurement of progress and sustainable development and of related specific issues; 
  2. Opening fora for discussion (workshops, conferences and web platforms) of overarching and sectorial issues concerning the beyond GDP debate where researchers and practitioners will present most updated results and where available information will be collected and shared; 
  3. Feeding results of the debate into other similar efforts, such as international trade and social reporting;
  4. Setting up of a EU wide network composed of different relevant stakeholders (universities, research centres, enterprises, trade unions, policy makers, NSIs, civil society organizations) for addressing beyond GDP related issues within European policies in a coherent and coordinated way, assessing future research needs and providing original European  contributions to the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy;
  5. Proposing guidelines and actions for the inclusion of stakeholders into indicators’ related deliberative processes;
  6. Proposing guidelines for policymakers for the use of existing indicators (with special attention to European policies);
  7. Providing an inventory of software for the dissemination of statistics and formulating guidelines for their use by different stakeholders;
  8. Collecting NSIs practices on progress measurement and define guidelines for coordinated future actions;
  9. Defining operational proposals and a roadmap for FP8 and ESSnet;
  10. Spreading the beyond GDP debate throughout Europe.