e-Frame European Framework for Measuring Progress

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD

The OECD is an international organisation established in 1961 by a Convention. Today it gathers 34 member countries and is developing enhanced engagement with five emerging economies. The OECD Secretariat, based in Paris, includes 10 directorates and several agencies and bodies totalling 2,500 staff. OECD mission is to promote policies that improve the economic and social well-being of people. It provides a forum for enhancing co-operation, sharing experiences and seeking solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It organises peer reviews of national policies, develops conventional instruments and produces statistics, policy analysis, reports and recommendations in almost all areas of public policy. It issues around 250 publications per year.


OECD plays a leading role in the development of a wide range of economic, social and environmental indicators that are of greatest importance for supporting evidence-based policy making. Ten years ago it issued a report on The Well-Being of Nations that highlighted the centrality of human and social capital for increasing economic growth and improving overall well-being. Since then several reports and publications such as Society at a Glance have been widening this approach. This evolution led to in-depth discussions on the various dimensions and factors of the progress of societies – and on the methods and tools that are needed to measure and analyse progress. Several regional conferences and three OECD World Fora were devoted to discuss these issues with decision makers, policy actors, social leaders, statisticians and academics (Palermo in 2004, Istanbul in 2007 and Busan in 2009, respectively attended by 400, 1200 and 1900 people).


In 2006 OECD issued a first exploratory report on alternative measures of well-being. In 2008 and 2009 it provided substantive contributions and support to the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (the “Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission). OECD has given a follow-up to the recommendations of this Commission and is contributing to the Eurostat-INSEE Sponsorship on Beyond-GDP and to the EC-Eurostat Task Force on Subjective Well-Being.


Measuring Well-Being and fostering the Progress of Societies is one of the six priority areas of the OECD Secretariat over the current biennium. This has translated into a number of projects include methodological research, development of indicators and comparative analysis. This work relies on objective and subjective measures, and on both official and non-official sources. One of its first outputs will be a report assessing well-being in OECD countries and major emerging economies (to be released this year), focusing on various dimensions and factors of well-being and quality of life, including income and wealth, employment and earnings, education and skills, health, work and life balance, social connections, civic participation and governance, environmental quality, personal security and subjective well-being. It will highlight inequality in these dimensions, discuss drivers and consequences of wellbeing outcomes in each field, and identify gaps in the available statistics.


The main task of the OECD will be, in WP12, C1, the organisation of the initial conference, including: (1) design of the conference profile and agenda (in consultation with CBS and ISTAT); (2) production of substantive inputs and outputs tailored to the conference’s needs (background document, draft conclusions, etc.); (3) management of the invitation and registration processes as well as of the financing of the attendance of a few selected speakers from outside the project network; and (4) provision of logistics (conference venue and services).


In WP 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11, OECD will provide substantive contributions based on its on-going work. Moreover, the OECD will make available, at no cost, the Wikiprogress platform for reporting on consortium activities, exchanges among involved experts and on-line dissemination of results. The OECD contributions will include substantive work and regional and global events mentioned above. The Conference will be integrated within a global process paving the way towards the 4th OECD World Forum to be held in New Delhi in October 2012. This process consists of regional conferences on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies to be held in Latin America (Mexico City, 11-13 May 2011), Asia (Japan, October 2011), Africa (Morocco, April 2012); and the MENA-Arab region (Spring 2012).




Ms Angela Hariche

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Mr Nadim Ahmad

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Ms Romina Boarini 

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