Engaging citizens in well-being and progress statistics



To: 30-04-2014

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Engaging citizens in well-being and progress statistics: good practice from Europe and around the world

From 22 April 09:00 (GMT) until 2 May 2014 !

Wikiprogress and partners invite you to participate in this discussion on the role of citizens engagement in the development and use of well-being and progress statistics.


During 2014, Wikiprogress will be focusing on the question of how to increase citizen engagement in well-being and progress statistics. This is a key issue for the movement of initiatives around the world striving to develop better statistics of well-being and progress. While this movement is incredibly diverse – encompassing different actors, frameworks, geographic scales, and objectives – it is driven by a common belief that measurement can bring about change in policy, behaviour and attitudes that will have a real (positive) impact on people’s lives, now and into the future. For this to happen, we need to be sure that a) we are measuring what really matters to people, and that b) those measures will be used in policy and public debate. Citizen engagement is central to achieving both these objectives.

There are many different ways that citizen engagement can play a role in the development and use of progress statistics, through:

  • Public consultations, with government and civil society organisations, at the local or national level, on the best frameworks to use for the measurement of well-being.
  • Crowdsourcing data collection, via web platforms or mobile technology, such as the method used in the subjective well-being app Mappiness.
  • User feedback on existing measurement frameworks or methods, such as the interactive technology used by the OECD Better Life Index.
  • Use and re-use of open data sources, where members of the public can access official and non-official data to create stories, visualisations and apps to produce innovative solutions to collective problems, such as those available on publicdata.eu

Leading questions

  • How can citizen engagement improve the development and use of well-being and progress statistics?
  • Do you have any examples of good practice in citizen engagement in well-being and progress statistics?
  • What role can technology – such as mobile apps or interactive web platforms – play in improving citizen engagement with well-being and progress statistics?



The OECD is one of four partners in a European Commission-funded project called Web Communities for Statistics and Social Innovation (Web-COSI), whose overarching aim is to ensure ‘Statistics for Everyone’. Over two years, Web-COSI will be exploring innovative ways to increase public engagement with the production, promotion, and use of ‘beyond GDP’ statistics and data. Wikiprogress will be conducting a number of activities in 2014 to this end.

Blog: Why engage citizens in wellbeing data?


Here is the link to the page http://wikiprogress.org/online_discussions/web-cosi/engaging-citizens-in-well-being-and-progress-statistics/ and the hashtags for Twitter are #CitizenEngagement and#StatsForAll.

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