Regional, rural and urban 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

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
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