Canadian Index of Wellbeing Online Discussion



To: 23-05-2012

The Wikiprogress Team in Collaboration with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing!

As part of Civil Society, how the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is leading change

The Global Progress Research Network, Wikiprogress and the Canadian Index of Wellbeing invite you to participate in an online discussion which will open on 9 May. The discussion will be open until 23 May and will provide inputs to the 4th OECD World Forum in New Delhi, India in October of 2012.

The title (and focus) of the World Forum will be “Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy-Making”.


Over the last decade, organisations around the world have been developing new indicators of progress that look beyond GDP and economic growth in measuring wellbeing. To date, the progress discourse has focused on the development of new measures and methodologies to gauge wellbeing at the local, national and international levels. Today, a new conversation is taking place: now that we have newer and smarter measures of progress, how can they be applied to policy? One of the leading organisations in the progress movement, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), invites you to join this conversation and have your say in the next global phase of measuring what matters and in finding out how these indicators are going to be used at the policy level.

Ways to get involved

1. Watch the 9:15 minute long video presentation of the Index by Dr. Bryan Smale
2. Read the 3 leading questions listed below3. Write your feedback, comments, answers to the question, thoughts on the video or overall thoughts on applying indicators to policy to be a part of the conversation using the Disqus facility below. If you are including a link in your response, please be sure to use a URL shortener otherwise the link will not appear


Watch the Presentation

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) goes beyond narrow economic measures like GDP and provides Canada’s only national index that measures wellbeing across a wide spectrum of domains. The work of CIW extends beyond Canada; both methods and models of the index have been used across the world by organisations developing more comprehensive measures of progress. As a leader in the “beyond GDP” movement, the CIW is promoting a dialogue of the future of measurement and the application of these indicators to policy.

Leading Questions

1. How can initiatives like the CIW foster the progress of societies in Canada and also around the world in the current economic climate?2. The CIW uses a combined approach to the development of alternative measures of wellbeing, including a composite index, dashboard, and full set of indicators. What approach is the most effective?3. Now that the first CIW Composite Index is in the public domain, the CIW has some examples of early uptake and use. How can initiatives like the CIW evaluate progress over time?