e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress

WP5 Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe

Leader:GESIS
Participants:GESIS, OECD, NEF
Starting time:April 2012
Objectives:1) to take stock of major existing social monitoring and reporting activities in Europe at national as well as supra-national level;
2) to develop strategies and activities to better coordinate and interlink European social monitoring and reporting initiatives and to establish a European Network of respective institutions;
3) to develop a European Social Monitoring & Reporting Web-Platform allowing to present continuously up-to-date social monitoring and reporting information as well as research results on individual and societal wellbeing in Europe and EU – Members States, including news on conferences, publications, policies etc.; the platform may also be used for communication and exchange among Network members.
Description of work: There are many social monitoring and reporting activities going on in Europe at national as well as supra-national levels, aiming at measuring, analysing and regularly reporting on individual and societal well-being beyond GDP. Some of these activities go back to the early 1970s – such as the French (Donnés Sociales) or British (Social Trends) national social reports, while others are much more recent (e.g. the European Social Situation Report, the Swiss Social Report or the Social Indicators Monitor - SIMon). Although social monitoring and reporting activities are well developed in many European nations and are also being pursued by major international and supra-national organizations (e.g. EU-Commission; OECD; UNDP, World Bank), they have been almost totally disregarded by the recent Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussie Report. With a view to enhance the future measurement of well-being and societal progress beyond GDP and to develop respective information infrastructures, this WP aims to present an inventory of major existing social monitoring and reporting activities in Europe and to contribute to a better and sustainable coordination, networking and integration of these activities. The OECD will make available the WikiProgress platform for reporting on consortium activities, exchanges among involved experts and on-line dissemination of findings, results and relevant documents of all WPs.

Task 1: Stocktaking Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe (GESIS)
This task aims to take stock of the major social monitoring and reporting activities currently existing in Europe at national as well as supra-national level and to provide basic information for each of them. Stock taking work will focus on social reports and social monitoring activities, such as social indicator systems and composite indices on quality of life, social inclusion, social progress etc., but also related fields – such as sustainability reports and indicators – may also be covered to some extent. The results of this work shall be summarized within a respective inventory and report. Based on the inventory, the report will also identify gaps and deficiencies and will make suggestions for future developments and research agendas. ONS will provide advise and information input.

Task 2: European Social Monitoring and Reporting Web-Platform (GESIS)
This task aims to provide a web-platform in coordination with WikiProgress, displaying different sorts of information on social monitoring and reporting activities in Europe, national as well as supra-national. The platform shall provide up-to-date information on the activities itself (e.g. series of social reports, systems of social indicators, composite indices) and the institutions behind, but also selected results on wellbeing and progress, relevant projects, new initiatives and policy reactions, as well as news concerning events, publications etc.. The platform may also be used to facilitate communication and exchange among network members and thus contribute to better coordinate respective activities across Europe. Work within this WP will first of all concentrate on the content of the web-platform, which will initially be hosted by GESIS. The amount of requested funding does not allow to develop specific and more sophisticated technical solutions for this platform. Such solutions remain to be developed within follow-up projects. ONS will provide advise and information input.

Task 3: Workshop “Social monitoring and Reporting in Europe” (GESIS)
The envisaged Workshop will be organized with a view to assemble the major actors in the fields of social monitoring and reporting in Europe and to provide an opportunity to present and discuss the respective activities, instruments and outcomes. The presentations will provide first hand information on existing activities (reports, monitoring instruments) and their contribution to measure and monitor individual and societal well-being beyond GDP. To this end, the workshop shall also provide important inputs to the stocktaking report. Moreover, the workshop aims to contribute to better coordinate and interlink European social monitoring and reporting initiatives and to establish a ”European Social Monitoring and Reporting Network”. ONS will actively participate in and contribute to the workshop.
Three meetings (milestones) are scheduled for planning and coordinating purposes within the WP:
(1) Kickoff – Meeting (M 6, at project initial conference)
(2) Meeting 2 (M 10): Planning of Workshop and Web-Platform
(3) Meeting 3 (M 26, at project final conference): How to make achieved WP outcomes (Network; Web-Platform) sustainable?
Deliverables:
    D5.1: Workshop: European Social Monitoring and Reporting Network (March 2013)
    D5.2: Stocktaking Report on Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe (October 2013)
    D5.3: EU Social Monitoring and Reporting Web-Platform (February 2014)