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BLI - April 2014 - DE Focus

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Transcript of BLI - April 2014 - DE Focus

20 May 2011 to April 2014
Extending country coverage
Regional data

Developing new indicators
Measuring inequality
Measuring sustainability

New languages
More users and solid data
90% of the respondents believe that the BLI information should inform policy makers for guiding the design of future policies
From measurement to
actionable well-being
Mainstreaming well-being focus into policy-making
Connecting people with policies
Engagement and empowerment
"…the OECD has
created a "Better Life Index"
that allows a side-by-side comparison of countries according to various quality-of-life indicators…
All of these indicators could be
useful in measuring economic progress
or setbacks as well as
in explaining economic decision-making or projecting future economic outcomes.”

Huge media and public interest
How's Life?
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke
U.S. Federal Reserve
6 August 2012

User empowerment,
policy impact
Over 3.6 million visits from 184 countries
Well-being is a long standing element of OECD Work:
OECD convention: "to promote..and improve the economic and
social well-being
of their peoples..."
"Better Policies for Better Lives"
Tradition of work on e
nvironmental and social indicators
Analytic reports on alternative
measures of well-being
(Going for growth, Society at a Glance,...)
Life Satisfaction, Education and Health are leading topics
give greater weight to income, while
prioritize community and work life balance
25 to 34 year olds are our most represented group of users
Top ten
1. United States
2. France
3. United Kingdom
4. Canada
5. Germany
6. Australia
7. Mexico
8. Italy
9. Spain
10. Russia
User preferences in Germany
And over 176 200 visits from Germany
Launched in 2011
Two major elements:
How's Life?

2) Better Life Index

Increasing number of efforts to move ‘beyond GDP’:
Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report
EU 2020 agenda
UN Resolution calling for
“holistic approach to development”
to promote sustainable well-being, UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015
national initiatives for measuring well-being
GDP shortcomings

11 factors
Results and numbers
To conclude: Policy implications
and way ahead

Measuring well-being powerful new approach – for citizens and policymakers
We are at a particular point in time
Importance of engagement of citizens
Policies that are more reflective of concerns and values of citizens
Challenge to improve measurements


To dos...
Better Life Index (BLI)
Visitor traffic
User preferences in Germany, Austria and US
Traffic since 2011 launch
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