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Social Progress Index (SPI)
Measuring more than just GDP
To measure a country’s development, measuring economic growth is no longer enough. Society also needs to focus on basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. Measuring a society’s success must go beyond the realms of economic outcomes.
With the support of Deloitte, the Social Progress Imperative, a US non-profit organization, has released its Social Progress Index 2015 report. The Social Progress Index is a new index that measures growth by analyzing the progress of a country’s social aspects. This index is completely non-economic and is set to act alongside GDP as a complementary tool, a core benchmark to provide a whole and inclusive view of a country’s progress. It is based on four key design principles:
- Exclusively social and environmental indicators
- Outcomes that matter to the lives of real people, not the inputs
- A holistic index that is relevant to all countries (holistic measure of social progress that encompasses the many aspects of health of societies)
- Actionable: an index as a practical tool to help implement policies and programs that will faster drive social progress
In other words, by using 52 indicators, the SPI can more accurately measure how well a society is doing. It helps us to thoroughly understand the level of social progress being achieved in a given society across numerous dimensions/components, such as:
- Basic human needs
- Foundations of wellbeing
Inside magazine Special Edition - Public Sector, December 2015
This special edition includes a variety of topics related to development such as social progress, healthcare and education, and describes issues related to resource efficiency from a demographic and societal perspective.