Istat, as e-Frame coordinator, has been in charge of setting up and managing the European Network on Measuring Progress. In this report the e-FrameNET, as an offshoot of the e-Frame project, is illustrated together with a detailed description of its objectives, its structure and the activities carried out to foster the European position on “GDP & beyond debate” through this tool. The e-FrameNET has a dedicated space on Wikiprogress.org, the global Web2.0 platform hosted by OECD, and it represents the European Network, which works alongside the Regional Networks of Africa and Latin America. The Network has created a community of academics, analysts, opinion leaders, citizens and society at large belonging to eighteen European countries. Key members include National Statistical Institutes, civil society organisations, academia and research centres. The Network offers interactivity through on line discussions, blogs, eBriefs and monthly news alerts, and it aims to elevate the visibility of the findings of pertinent projects on progressing beyond GDP to impact over the global debate.
This report is an output of the e-Frame (European Framework for Measuring Progress) project.
e-Frame is a major international project which aims to provide a European framework for the debate over the measure of well-being and progress. The project involves a broad range of activities including conferences and workshops, as well as research and the development of guidelines. It is led by two major European National Statistical Institutes (NSIs), ISTAT (in Italy) and the CBS (in the Netherlands), and includes amongst the partners two other NSIs (the French INSEE and the UK ONS), the OECD, and several universities and civil society organisations. It is funded by the EU FP7 Work Programme.
All the actors belonging to the European Statistical System are encouraged to adopt the DAE actions to leverage the Internet maximising ways of collecting, disseminating and sharing statistical information and data.
Web 2.0 platforms and networks are tools in an era of mass-collaboration and participation. Blogs, wikis, Facebook as well as the innovative concepts of “collective intelligence” and “crowd sourcing” have transformed the manner in which information is created and shared. Web 2.0 allows the interactivity between producers and consumers of information implementing the opportunities for producing “new information” in a global perspective.
The Net permits people to meet without boundaries giving the opportunity to join greater diversity in contributions experimenting new forms of collaboration and connectivity that can facilitate problem-solving. The process is inexorable and it is involving increasingly people belonging to all societal contexts – consumers, workers, communities, citizens at large – representing the multiplicity of stakeholders – policy makers, civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, researchers, producers of data, National Statistical Institutes and International organisations.
In addition to the expansion of Web 2.0, the last decade has shifted the focus of the statistical and economic debate to topics related to the measurement of well-being and societal progress. The debate attained global visibility through several specific initiatives carried out by both the public and private world of research and at institutional level, which engaged the general public, as well as universities and other research institutions to the debate.
Over time the “beyond GDP” debate has been strongly empowered by Web 2.0 technologies which have contributed to create a global movement willing to voice its opinions. European and global digital initiatives have been set up to enlarge the discussion and to better interact with the communities recognising the role they can have to move the relationship between policy makers and citizens towards a bottom-up approach.
Against this background, with the awareness of the power of sharing information over “GDP & Beyond”, Istat has set up the European Network on Measuring Progress (e-FrameNET) as an offshoot of the activities carried out during the life cycle of the e-Frame project and beyond.