e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress

WP9 Measuring Progress at local level

Participants:UNISI, UNIPI
Starting time:April 2012
Objectives: Work programme 9 aims to encourage greater use, consistency and development of measures of social progress across municipalities, cities and regions. This will place an emphasis on economic and social progress at the local level and co-ordinate existing work across Europe on this topic. This work will provide guidance on what existing robust measures could be used to measure progress at the local level, identify areas for further research and recommendations on how best to implement measures at local level. Our work will encourage a common understanding on what types of data help measure social progress, develop frameworks for how this data could be generated in two case studies, and establish local, national and international networks to strengthen understanding of indicators of social progress. The approach places an emphasis on social innovation. The development of a new approach to measuring progress at a local level will enhance capacity to act at a local level.
We will build on the Wellbeing and Resilience Measure (WARM) developed by the Young Foundation. WARM allows local agencies to take the temperature of their communities, from levels of anxiety to how much people talk to their neighbours. The aim is to build on local assets as well as tackle vulnerabilities, to work out how scarce funding can best be targeted. We will identify what data is available, at the pan-European level and in two case study areas, and where the gaps exist. We will build a consensus amongst organisations in Europe on how societal progress can best be measured at the local level. In addition, new networks will be established to ensure that emerging research and methodologies can be critically appraised and disseminated. The outcome of Work Programme 9 will cohere with the Europe 2020 strategy, European Research Area (ERA) and the European Statistical System. In depth stocktaking will be carried out on small area methods for poverty and living conditions estimates including the methods which are based on the integration of sources maintained by Local Governmental Agencies with the data from the official current surveys carried out by National Statistical Institute.
Description of work:Task 1: Developing a framework of social progress (YOUNG)
Using the Wellbeing and Resilience Measure already developed by the Young Foundation, we will develop a framework of social progress able to reflect principles of the Europe 2020 strategy, European Research Area (ERA) and the European Statistical System. The WARM framework is underpinned by empirical evidence of social progress, including measures that operate at an individual, social and community level. The new framework will incorporate relevant sections of WARM and develop this into a measure of social progress with a multi-dimensional approach, fit for use in different European countries. Stage one will include the identification and contact of key practitioners to participate in a virtual working group. This working group will be a forum to present and test the framework of social progress, identify Pan-European indicators and a way of gaining access to other existing networks. Practitioners from local, regional, national and international organisations will be invited to participate and identify best practice indicators used at local level in Europe. The virtual working group will include statistical institutes in the two case study areas (see below) and European networks which produced SAMPLE with the University of Pisa and relevant practitioners in the WTO and OECD.

Task 2: Case studies in two European cities - Barcelona and Malmö (YOUNG)
The two areas will provide detailed case studies on how the WARM framework can be adapted for use in different countries. This will identify indicators in use that fit within the WARM framework and the methodologies that are employed to collect these. In each city we will contact relevant local agencies to identify of indicators; Map indicators to the WARM framework; Identify gaps and research needs; and assess methodological and conceptual challenges. The Young Foundation has worked with the two cities recently and has established contacts. We have presented our work to 16 municipalities based in Barcelona and are working with the City of Malmö to help them devise their strategy for social innovation, focusing on the needs of deprived and diverse communities. The case studies will be complimented by a survey of relevant pan-European indicators and data sets that could be used within the WARM framework – drawing on input from the virtual working group. The two case studies will generate a set of indicators, which can be combined with pan-European indicators, to test how our framework to measure social progress can be adopted beyond the UK. We will report to the virtual working group and ensure that emerging recommendation complement the work of ESTAT's ESSnet, the OECD and WTO activities.

Task 3: Workshop: Measuring progress at a local level (YOUNG)
We will convene an expert workshop to discuss draft recommendations. The University of Pisa, host a European network to discuss small area estimates. Practitioners will be invited to an expert workshop. The workshop will provide a platform to exchange and critically assess plausible, new measures of social progress that can be implemented at a local level. From this starting point UNIPI will organize and coordinate a working group on SAE methods, drawing from the activities and experiences developed in recent years either in the international specialised statistical and socio-economic literature and in the occasion of several meetings and workshops. These experiences also represent relevant objectives and results of several international, European and national research projects (e.g.: under FP7 SAMPLE and AMELI projects; under Eu-DGV and Eurostat, several research projects; under Italian Government and “local” institutions several research projects). UNISI will coordinate this networking activity oriented to critically and harmonically debate, organise, revise an existing authoritative and experimented group of methods, measures and empirical evidences with the aim of providing policy makers with concrete proposals of reliable and informative measures in the field of deprivation (multidimensional poverty). This will lead to the writing of a report and contribute to the project’s guidelines as for SAE methodology. The workshop will include members of the working group. We will also tap into our networks. The Young Foundation is host to the Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) which has been appointed by the European Commission to run the Social Innovation Initiative for Europe, an initiative which brings together 3,000 individuals and organisations from civil society, government and business. We will tap into the network to identify relevant practitioners to invite to the workshop.
    D9.1: Report on conceptual framework to measure social progress at the local level and case studies (February 2013)
    D9.2: Workshop with expert practitioners to disseminate findings and recommendations (April 2013)