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 issue is due in 2019 and the currently running pilot project is seeking further input from regional stakeholders.
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.
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.