What is the EU-SPI pilot project?

The EU Regional Social Progress Index aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. It follows the overall framework outlined above and is based on fifty indicators, primarily from Eurostat. The Index builds on feedback from public and experts in the field alike. The draft version was released in February 2016 for public review. The next edition will be published in December 2020 and the EU SPI pilot project, throughout its duration sought further input from regional stakeholders to support the Commission in the process.

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What is the purpose of the EU-SPI pilot project?

The key aim of this pilot project is to empirically test how the EU-SPI index could be used to inform and improve policy-making in relation to policies supported by cohesion policy; at the same time the aim of the pilot is to find ways for linking the EU-SPI index with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to cover several social aspects.

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Consortium of regions

The selection of a Consortium of Regions was one of the first activities within the frame of the pilot project. The methodology for the selection was designed in order to take into account specific parameters such as growth level and income per capita level.

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News

"Measuring what Matters to EU Citizens: Social Progress in the European regions" is a multi-region pilot project, launched by the European Commission, in order to encourage regions to empirically test how the EU Social Progress Index (EU SPI) could be used to improve policy-making, in particular for policies supported by cohesion policy. The aim of the pilot was to serve as a guide for European regions in using the EU-SPI but also to gather recommendations on how to improve the next edition of the index, to be launched in December 2020.

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The EU Regional Social Progress Index aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. It follows the overall framework outlined above and is based on fifty indicators, primarily from Eurostat. The Index builds on feedback from public and experts in the field alike. The first version was released in 2016 and the second edition is going to be launched in December 2020!

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As part of the activities of the Pilot project, 10 case studies in the regions that were selected to participate in the project were conducted. The case studies have two main objectives: to collect evidence of the usefulness of the EU-SPI for regional policy-making in the field of social progress to identify potential proposals for improving the next edition of the index.

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