Roadmap for future research

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Within the activities carried out by the e-Frame – “European Framework for Measuring Progress” –
FP7 project, the Roadmap for future research needs is a key outcome and one of the policy oriented
documents envisaged by the work plan. It is a cross-cutting deliverable that builds on all the
activities carried out by e-Frame Consortium: from the stocktaking work to the discussions and
results presented in the project Conferences and Workshops as well as in the meetings of the
Advisory Board and other International forums participated by e-Frame Consortium.

The Roadmap aims at addressing research areas that need further developments and investments in
the measurement and use of indicators of well-being, societal progress and sustainability at a
European level. The Roadmap has been conceived as a dynamic tool that has been periodically
updated: all in all three versions have been released during the project lifecycle.

The present document represents the final Roadmap which updates the first and second releases
building on the overall results achieved by the project, from January 2012 to June 2014. In
particular, the first tentative roadmap was based on the e-Frame activities and findings achieved in
the first year of the project (January- December 2012), the second tentative roadmap updated the
first release with the results achieved by the project from January 2013 to June 2013. In both the
preliminary releases, the research needs were identified with a view to the European goals and the
aims of Horizon 2020. This final version intends to provide an update of the previous versions,
released on the project website, by including results and suggestions arisen
during the last period of the project’s activities. Building on these outcomes, the Roadmap updates
the research needs already identified, taking advantage of the stocktaking activities and the wide
debate gained on these issues by e-Frame project.

More specifically, the research needs have been classified into four main streams: the needs and the
research areas for enhancing official statistics on well-being and sustainability; the needs of research
for the exploitation of non-official sources; the needs related to improving the communication
aspects in order to support understanding and use of available indicators and tools; the research
needs for fostering a greater policy use of progress indicators.

The Roadmap constitutes an important momentum within the European debate over “GDP and
Beyond” pushing to put the research needs into practice. This can be done finding a large consensus
on priority setting and scheduling future actions in the light of the objectives of Horizon 2020.


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.

A key milestone of e-Frame “European Framework for Measuring Progress” is represented
by the Roadmap for future research needs. It is a cross-cutting deliverable that benefits from the
results of all the activities carried out by the project, particularly from the stocktaking work and
from the debate and results presented in the e-Frame Conferences and Workshops.

The roadmap aims at addressing relevant gaps and research needs to be put at the centre of
future research agenda at a European level by the European Commission and by the European
Statistical Systems in the area of measuring well-being, societal progress and sustainability. It was
thought as a dynamic tool to be periodically updated and revised as soon as the project results were

The present document constitutes the final version which updates the previous two releases.
It is organised as a self-standing document which starts with a summary description of the research
activities and the main international developments in the beyond GDP debate, as well as the main
purposes of e-Frame project, followed by a more detailed report on selected e-Frame activities and
findings which contributed together with all the other activities of e-Frame project to single out the
major research needs to be undertaken in near future in the light of the European goals and the aims
of Horizon 2020.

Following the structure of the previous two versions, the research needs have been classified
in four main areas in order to facilitate the identification of suitable and coordinated actions for
dealing with each selected area. It is worth mentioning that besides research in the field of statistical
measurement, important issues to be addressed also emerged, ranging from communicating and
targeting the importance of beyond GDP indicators to measure well-being and to guide policies for
a sustainable development to specific training in this field and to the role of official and non-official

Finally, it is emphasised the necessity to agree on priorities and to set a timetable for future
actions at European level in order to put the well-being measurements into concrete, to support
policy makers and to gain a wider and wider audience involving the society at large into the beyond
GDP debate.

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Roadmap for future research

Authors [edit]

Marina Signore, Donatella Fazio, Maria Grazia Calza Istat

See also [edit]


The 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

Measuring what matters in UK

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Measure of Australia’s progress

European Network on Measuring Progress

European Framework for Measuring Progress