Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policymaking
The answer to the question "how's life?" may depend on what region you live in. Since factors that determine well-being can vary dramatically across the same country, national averages may not provide the full picture of how life is being lived in all regions. As a result, policies based only on national indicators may not be as effective as originally intended.
Evidence shows that some of the factors that most influence peoples' well-being are local issues, such as employment, access to health services, pollution and security. Therefore policies that take into account regional differences may have a greater impact on improving well-being for the country as a whole.
In order to improve the use of well-being measures for policy-making, at the regional and local level, the OECD has launched the project How’s life in your region? This project employs a variety of analytical methods, case studies, working-documents and workshops with the purpose of:
- Presenting a set of internationally comparable measures of disparities within countries on key aspects of well-being and a critical assessment of the statistical agenda ahead
- Suggesting a methodological framework that reflects how communities in different regions value different dimensions of well-being
- Exploring the implications of the findings for the design of public policies
The final report (June 2014) will help policy makers to optimise the use of well-being indicators by: enhancing the relevance of sub-national measures and analysis for addressing policy issues; and improving our understanding of the links between policy actions implemented at the local and regional level and outcomes expressed in terms of people’s well-being.
How's life in your region? (Flyer)
The interactive map includes information on regions and cities participating in the project OECD project How’s life in your region? Click a point on the map to see a more detailed description of the domains of well-being, participants, and policy-goals characterising each case study.
Events and Workshops
International workshop on measuring well-being at the local level, Paris, 23 January 2014
The workshop will discuss the preliminary draft of the report How’s life in your region?, as well as the main insights from the case studies participating in the project.
The Good Life index: use of local well-being indexes for policymaking, Odense, 9 – 10 October 2013
This workshop will focus on the Danish experience regarding the implementation and use of composite well-being indexes at municipal level, including the role of these indexes for policy-making and the different strategies for communicating their results.
The dimensions of well-being in OECD regions, Sardinia, 26 September 2013
The main objective of this workshop was to discuss and address key issues regarding the use of well-being measures for the 2014-2020 European programming period.
Accessibility to services in regions and cities: measures and policies, Paris, 18 June 2013
The workshop will define the conceptual and methodological framework in measuring the inequalities in access to services for the "How’s life in your region?" project.
Well-being and territorial development policy, Rome, 31 May 2013
Within the framework of the project How’s life in your region?, this workshop discussed the initiative of the Province of Rome for implementing well-being indicators as tools for regional development policies.
|Measuring wellbeing - and changes to wellbeing - in Newcastle, Newcastle, 21 May 2013
This workshop aimed at better understanding practical aspects of measuring well-being at the local level, as well as the implication of well-being measure for policy design and implementation.
|Statistics World Forum, Knowledge and Policy, New Delhi, 16 – 19 October 2012
Assessing the aspects of well-being across countries and the use of new measures of well-being for effective and accountable policy-making.
|Measuring Well-being to Enhance Regional Policy, Paris, 11 June 2012
This event, being the platform for launching the project How’s life in your region?, presented international experiences of measuring progress and well-being at sub-national level.
Monica Brezzi (firstname.lastname@example.org), Paolo Veneri (email@example.com) and Soo-Jin Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org), OECD Regional Statistics and Analysis Unit, OECD Regional Development Policy Division.