Education and Social Progress


The OECD Education and Social Progress (‌‌ESP) project aims at better understanding how education and skills drive individual well-being and societal progress. It sheds light on:

  • The wider-benefits of skills such as better jobs, healthier lifestyles, active citizenship, safer society and improved life-satisfaction.
  • The power of social and emotional skills such as perseverance, resilience and self-esteem in driving children’s life success; and
  • The role family, school and community learning contexts play in skill formation.



The long-term objective of this project is to develop evidence-base which could be used to formulate a set of recommendations for policy-makers, school administrators, practitioners and parents.

‌‌‌Phase 1 of the project developed a conceptual framework based on an extensive literature review conducted in collaboration with a number of leading scientists, as well as elaborate longitudinal data analyses of 11 OECD countries.

At the High Level Policy Forum on Skills for Social Progress held on 24-25 March 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil, Ministers of Education and other education leaders from around the world acknowledged an important role of social and emotional skills in driving societal progress and the need to develop and better measure them.

Phase 2 will build on evidence from Phase 1 and develop an international logitudinal study of skills development in cities. This international survey is scheduled to be launched in 2017.



Koji Miyamoto [] or ‌


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