Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making
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.
Published on October 06, 2014Also available in: French