GPRNet Meeting 13 August 2013

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GPRNet meeting 9 July 2013 11am Paris time

Present: Beat Huser, Lazlo Pinter, Dora Almassy, Susan Brutschy, Tani Shaw, Mike Salvaris, Charles Seaford and Salema Gulbahar.


Update from different regions

New Zealand- Beat

  • New Zealand Social Survey 2012 results will be released soon. It is a social survey that takes 8,000 face-to-face interviews (2% of the population) and covers life satisfaction, subjective well-being and financial well-being. This is connected to a regular Social Indicators Progress report.
  • Regional Council will release a “Well-being and Progress Indicators” dashboard at the end of 2013.


UK – nef and BRAINPOol (Charles Seaford)

  • UK Government’s Environment Committee is investigating the use of well-being data.
  • ONS published second results of it’s “Annual Well-being Survey”, that highlights a difficultly as it shows increased happiness but we don’t know what has affected this.


Santa Cruz, California, US (Susan Brutschy)

  • American “Affordable Health Act” law consists of two pieces of legislation: the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act” and the latter saw the development of education indicators.
  • The CIC Boston meeting on 17-18 October will focus on connecting communities.
  • The data from the census of west California (a mandatory census that takes place every 2 years) shows that a) homelessness is going up, particularly amongst young people and b) San Francisco has a huge ‘homeless community’.
  • We see data is being spun is a new way to disregards the huge prison population in California. There is a law to reduce the prison population, so there is a redistribution of “turf and barriers”.
  • We are sharing information in more creative ways on the concepts of happiness and well-being and trying to get partners to pay more attention to outcomes.
  • “Education Dashboard” was developed as part of the “Key National Indicators” project under President Obama.


Hungary and Europe (Lazlo Pinter and Dora Almassy)


  • Significant progress made in our 14-country project with the Asia-Europe Foundation on sustainable development goals, targets and indicators. We are finishing our report by the end of August and planning to hold a training event building on some of the findings with ASEAN in Jakarta on September 2-4. We are also planning other outreach events, including at the next session of the UN’s Open Working Group on SDGs in New York on November 25-27.
  • In terms of substance, over the last three weeks we worked mostly on writing up our analysis of how the priorities in existing country strategies map on the 11 SD goals and related subgoals we identified for our Small Planet of 14 Asia-Pacific and European countries. Dora can provide further info.
  • Starting work on a brief for UNEP on embedding the environment in the SDGs and reflecting on the experience of MDG7 in the context of the broader set of the MDGs. The brief will be part of UNEP’s contribution to the World Forum for the MDGs on September 17-19 in New York.
  • Ballagio: unless a conference is embedded in RF itself, proposing a series is especially difficult — as they would want to see how well the initial one panned out before allowing a follow-up. But progress indicators should remain of interest, especially if the participants are broadly representative of constituencies scattered around the world. Mostly, RF wants to know what impact is likely. Wrote to a former collegue, Nancy MacPherson, who is now Managing Director of Rockefeller’s evaluation program, sent her our brief and asked whether she was interested. Haven’t heard back from her yet, which may be due to holidays.

Dora provided an update on her work with the Asia Foundation:

  • She has found the bottom up approach is different, it show that at a country level certain indicators are considered important then others i.e. GDP and economic indicators are higher on the agenda than gender indicators. The study covers the following countries: a) in Europe: France, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland, and Sweden and b) in Asia: Korea, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan and Australia.


Australia (Mike Silvaris and Tani Shaw)

It’s an exciting time for progress.

  • Lazlo and Mike drafted an outline for the Bellagio meeting and are seeking funds from Rockefeller and the Bertelsmann Foundation.
  • Deakins University is entering into a contract with ANDI developing a “Measuring Progress Unit”.
  • Deakin is in process of agreeing an MOU with OECD that will include Wikiprogress, GPRNet, Global Progress University that should be signed in the next few weeks.
  • Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century” has just been published. It outlines 3 years of research programmes for researchers to work with local communities and will involve all 25 Australian universities. The related indexes will be released in different months i.e. February – justice, June- health etc. This will be a good foundation for 203 year. We are looking to raise 6 million for community participation and 9 million for research programmes. The aim will be to engage with 500,000 Australians.