"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.
What has been done?
The following project activities have been implemented:
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!
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.
Each case study report is divided into four sections, to include:
Under the umbrella of the European Social Progress Index, this international event will bring together European cities that are top-ranked on the European Social Progress Index (EU SPI) within their countries. The EU SPI aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. Collectively this summit forms an international network of city leadership that champions the role of Social Progress in their countries.
Find our more about the event here.