Regional Development

Workshop: How’s Life in Your Region? Measuring Well-being for Policy Making, 2014


The objective of the workshop is twofold, first to present the results of the well-being project, with the report How’s Life in Your Region? and the web tool,, and with the lessons drawn from case studies to help national and local policy makers use well-being metrics in the policy-making cycle. The second objective is to set the future steps in the regional well-being program.


Agenda & Who's who (pdf)


Session 1: Presentation of the OECD report How’s Life in Your Region? and associated web-tool

Expanding on the OECD Better Life Initiative, How’s Life in Your Region? looks closely at well-being where it matters for people’s daily experiences. With the addition of new indicators, the OECD Regional Well-Being Framework now spans 9 well-being dimensions (Education, Environment, Safety, Jobs, Income, Housing, Access to Services, Civic Engagement and Health) over 362 regions in 34 countries. The report also draws from case studies to help local and national policy makers use well-being metrics in the policy-making cycle. Both the data visualisation web-tool launched in June and the report launched in October garnered significant press coverage.



-  Luiz De Mello, Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD 

-  Éloi Laurent, Sciences Po and Stanford University



Session 2: Using well-being indicators for inclusive and sustainable development in regions and cities: challenges and results

Regional policy-makers will share their experiences and provide their insights on the opportunities and challenges of adopting a development strategy centered on well-being. Attention will be drawn to the different ways that regional well-being metrics can be used to prioritise public action, improve the coherence of public policies and monitor progress.



- Graco Ramirez, Governor, State of Morelos, Mexico

- Stephanie Lose, Chairman of the Committee of Regional Development, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark

- Max van den Berg, King’s Commissioner of Groningen Province, the Netherlands

- Sabina De Luca, Head, Italian Department for Development and Cohesion Policy

- Francesco Pigliaru, President of the Region of Sardinia, Italy

- Doug O’Brien, Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture



Luiz De Mello, Deputy Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD


Key questions:

• How can policy makers and citizens best use this new OECD regional well-being tool in their policy making and to raise awareness in their country?

• What kind of evidence should be developed in the next few years to help policy makers use well-being indicators in the policy making cycle (design, implementation and evaluation)?

• How can we use well-being indicators to help identify priorities for public investment?

• How relevant for policy making are indicators based on perception (e.g. perceived safety of an area) or self-assessment (satisfaction with a local service), compared to objective measurements (e.g. crime rate or use of a local service)? Would you recommend the development and use of perception based indicators?


Session 3: Future steps in the regional well-being program

Three main aspects are to be addressed concerning the future WPTI work on measuring regional well-being. First, future updates on indicators will be looked at, and potential improvements in the measurement of well-being dimensions, inequalities and distributional effects of policies will be examined. Second, participants will discuss the possible extension of this work, notably related to different geographical scales (e.g. cities, rural areas, non-OECD countries), and how it can be linked to inclusive growth strategies at national and regional level. Finally, attention will be directed to the ways of linking the measurement agenda to the use of well-being indicators in policy-making. Options include additional regional and country case studies, thematic work on similar regions, definition of guidelines in the use of well-being indicators, and the development of a policy database on regional well-being.


Interventions from:

- Sylvie Marchand, Director of Territorial Statistics, INSEE, France

- Joanne Evans, Measuring National Well-Being, ONS, United Kingdom

- Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics

- Norberto Roque, Director of Regional Statistics, INEGI, Mexico

- Conal Smith, Senior Economist, Statistics Directorate, OECD



Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Head of the Regional Development Policy Division, Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD


Key questions:

  • What are the opportunities and constraints to advance in the measurement of well-being at different territorial scales (cities, rural regions, etc.)?
  • How can National Statistical Offices support the statistical agenda ahead to produce well-being indicators at different local scales?
  • How important do you think is having the possibility to compare well-being in your region with that of other regions in and outside your country?
  • How can we improve the usability of well-being indicators by policy makers and citizens? What role for data visualisation tools?
  • Is there a need to develop guidelines for using well-being indicators in regional and local policy making?


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