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The BRAINPOol Project has recently produced a number of publication and ‘Indicator factsheets’ that we would encourage our community to explore. This spotlight is part of our series on Data and Statistics for measuring well-being and progress.



BRAINPOol (Bringing Alternative Indicators into Policy) is a consortium of European partners with the aim of influencing policy makers to consider indicators for well-being and progress alternative to GDP. It was formed in 2010 following a push for further engagement in a beyond GDP society, and is funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program.



The project has four stated objectives:

• To group and summarise alternative indicators, while at the same time categorising the aims of researchers working on creating indicators, and the impact they have had to date.

• To recognize and identify with the potential users of Beyond GDP indicators, so as to better understand how the indicators can be put to use, and who the key supporters and opponents of these indicators are.

• To stimulate and improve user-producer interactions, through case studies and knowledge brokerage activities.

• To ensure consolidation and follow-up, through a final action plan, a concluding conference, and the establishment of linkages and networks involving both indicator producers and potential users




Indicator fact sheets

Indicator policy fact sheets were created by the project to provide basic, comparable and easy to digest information on a range of alternative indicators. The fact sheets can inform potential users about: the approach and intentions of the indicator’s producers/promoters, the scientific basis and relevance of the indicator to different audiences, and aspects of the indicator’s impact/success in different types of media.

The indicator factsheets are available at the website of the project.


Its members are:

  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • The New Economics Foundation (NEF)
  • Centre of studies of Sustainable Development, University of Brussels (CEDD)
  • Department of Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
  • Charles University in Prague (University Website)
  • GEODE (Geography of Environment), National Centre for Scientific Research, University of Toulouse II (University Website)
  • The World Future Council (link)

Its advisory board consists of professors, representatives from EU agencies and environmental organisations.


See also

World Future Council

New Economics Foundation

Beyond GDP

Review report on Beyond GDP indicators: categorisation, intentions and impacts

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

Societal Progress Indicators and Responsibilities for All (SPIRAL)

Gross National Happiness

Human Development Index

Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW)

Community Assessment Project (CAP)

The National Well-being Project



BRAINPOol Website