STDWF › OECD World Forum on Key Indicators -- Overview
Over the last decade, OECD countries and the European Union have been developing sets of indicators to evaluate the evolution of economic, social and environmental phenomena, as well as the quality of policies undertaken by public authorities. The indicators are widely used to perform benchmarking exercises and to assess relative performances of national or local communities.
A few countries have launched comprehensive “national projects”, sustained by the highest policy authorities, to produce regular reports based on an agreed set of indicators covering economic, social and environmental domains.
The OECD acts as a catalyst to promote research and information sharing among countries, allowing them to compare strategies intended to measure and assess the overall “position” and “progress” of a certain political entity (country, region, etc.) vis-à-vis other similar entities. The project, which is not intended to develop any comprehensive set of international indicators or reports, is based on two pillars:
To maximise the degree of interaction among participants, as well as the efficiency of the meeting, the Forum will be organised from Wednesday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. This will allow participants to exchange views and establish contacts beyond the working sessions. The Forum structure is based on plenary and parallel sessions. In particular, there will be:
Papers and publications based on key indicators developed in various OECD countries will be made available to all participants before the Forum. In addition, the OECD will prepare background papers on various issues, highlighting the “state of the art” on key indicators in selected subject-matter areas (environment, education, society, etc.). These papers will be presented in technical workshops held on Wednesday afternoon, just before the official starting of the Forum.