Regional development

How's Life in Your Region?

Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making

Published on October 06, 2014

Also available in: French


How’s life? The answer can depend on the region in which you live. Many factors that influence people’s well-being are local issues, such as employment, access to health services, pollution and security. Policies that take into account regional differences beyond national averages can therefore have a greater impact on improving well-being for the country as a whole.

This report presents the OECD analytical framework for measuring well-being at the regional level, as well as internationally comparable indicators on 9 well-being dimensions for 362 regions across 34 OECD countries. It also sets out guidance for all levels of government in using well-being measures to better target policies at the specific needs of different communities. Drawing on a variety of practical experiences from OECD regions and cities, the report discusses methodological and political solutions for selecting regional well-being outcome indicators, monitoring the progress of regional well-being performance over time, and implementing a process of multi-stakeholder engagement to promote social change.

SUMMARIESavailable in 25 languages

English How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in English)
French How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in French) Comment va la vie dans votre région?
Spanish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Spanish) ¿Cómo va la vida en su región?
German How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in German) Wie ist das Leben in Ihrer Region?
Japanese How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Japanese) 地域別幸福度白書
Italian How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Italian) Com’è la vita nella tua regione?
Chinese How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Chinese) 您所居住的地区的生活如何?
Czech How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Czech) Jak se žije ve vašem regionu?
Danish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Danish) Hvordan er livet i din region?
Dutch How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Dutch) Hoe is het leven waar jij bent?
Estonian How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Estonian) Kuidas on elada teie regioonis?
Finnish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Finnish) Hvordan er livet i din region?
Greek How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Greek) Πώς είναι η ζωή στην περιφέρειά σου;
Hebrew How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Hebrew) איך החיים באזור שלך?
Hungarian How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Hungarian) Milyen az élet az Ön régiójában?
Icelandic How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Icelandic) Hvernig er lífið á svæði þínu?
Korean How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Korean) 지역에서 삶의 질은 어떠한가?
Norwegian How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Norwegian) Hvordan er livet i din region?
Polish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Polish) Jak się mieszka w Twoim regionie?
Portuguese How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Portuguese) Como é a Vida na Sua Região?
Russian How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Russian) Какова жизнь в вашем регионе?
Slovak How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Slovak) Aký je život vo vašom regióne?
Slovene How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Slovenian) Kakšno je življenje v vaši regiji?
Swedish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Swedish) Hur är livet i din region?
Turkish How's Life in Your Region? (Summary in Turkish) Bölgenizde Yaşam Nasıl?


Foreword and Acknowledgements
Reader's guide
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
A framework for measuring regional and local well-being
How to measure regional and local well-being
Using well-being measures to improve policy results in regions and cities
Using well-being indicators for policy making: Regional initiatives7 chapters available
Region of Southern Denmark (Denmark)
Province of Rome (Italy)
Region of Sardinia (Italy)
State of Morelos (Mexico)
Region of the North of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
City of Newcastle (United Kingdom)
US Partnership for Sustainable Communities (United States)
Regional well-being in OECD countries33 chapters available
Czech Republic
New Zealand
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom
United States
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