Project Objectives

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.

The EU, in coordination with its Member States, is committed to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to strive towards a sustainable future for all, as outlined in the European Commission's Communication of 22 November 2016, “Next steps for a sustainable European future - European action for sustainability".”[1]

Furthermore, the project aims at identifying best practices and examine the potential for transferability of the identified best practices, taking into account the broad institutional context of the implemented policies, which may vary considerably across the selected countries.

Another objective of the project is the active participation of regional stakeholders in the exchange of knowledge and in the assessment of the EU-SPI, in the broader context of the beyond-GDP initiative, so as to identify aspects to be improved, by addressing among others the following questions:

  • Do the results in the index translate what is there in reality?
  • Is the EU-SPI index useful for monitoring social policies?
  • Are the policies driving these results?
  • Can the results in the EU-SPI help improve policy making?
  • Should other criteria or factors be added?
  • What factors (e.g. innovation, governance, territorial specificities, etc.) not covered in the EU-SPI index, can also influence social progress?
  • What is the interrelatedness of existing EU, national and regional policies with social progress?
  • How can EU-SPI be adapted taking into account the indicators and monitoring framework defined for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • What is the relation between the EU-SPI index and other "Beyond GDP" indexes and frameworks that measure wellbeing and social progress?

Finally, further objectives of these projects are to:

  • Identify where resources could be focused within current and future cohesion policy programmes and provide advise to policy makers.
  • Inform the EU-SPI developers by providing insights on how to improve the next edition(s) of the index.
  • Provide indications on how to strengthen the existing measurement of social progress to ensure a useful uptake by the regional governments.  


[1] Sustainable Development Goals: Overview -