Wikiprogress University

Wikiprogress University is a programme to get students and young people more involved in the movement to develop better measures and policies for well-being and societal progress. This section of Wikiprogress provides information about ways to get involved in the programme, as well as providing educational resources about the role of well-being measurement in research, policy and behaviour change. It will also bring together information about relevant courses and training for those interested in gaining skills and knowledge in this field. This initiative is part of the EC-funded project, Web-COSI.

Wikiprogress University OpportunitiesGo Up!

There are a number of different ways to get involved in the Wikiprogress University Programme.

Partner with Wikiprogress through your university

Wikiprogress is looking to identify relevant courses and training modules with which we can establish a partnership. If you think the issues of well-being and progress measurement and policy would be relevant to be discussed on your course, then please get in touch at info@wikiprogress.org. Examples of course topics which could be relevant for such a partnership include Economics, Social Policy, Statistics, Development Policy, Sustainable Development, and Data Journalism, but we’d be happy to consider all proposals.

The first Wikiprogress University partnership has been established with the QoLexity Masters Course at the Università degli Studi in Florence.

Contribute to the Wikiprogress platform

Get in touch with us at info@wikiprogress.org to join the Wikiprogress student volunteer network. There are a number of different activities for which we’d like your help, depending on your skills and interests, including:

  • Joining our Youth Advisory Board, to provide feedback on how we can improve the site and help us with user testing of new developments and tools on the Wikiprogress site and associated platforms (blog, Facebook, Twitter).

  • Suggest content for our social media networks, letting us know about interesting projects and news that could be shared with the Wikiprogress community.

  • Volunteer with the Wikiprogress team on a regular basis. The core team maintaining the site is very small and we depend on the help of volunteers to keep the site going. If you have an interest in issues of well-being and progress, and would like to help out then we’d love to hear from you. We especially need help in the areas of communication, data visualisation, and website maintenance and design – but if you have other ideas for an individual or group project please get in touch. We cannot offer university credit, but will be happy to write a letter acknowledging the contributions you have made to Wikiprogress.

Join our debates on youth well-being

In December 2014, Wikiprogress will be hosting a short, 2-week online discussion on youth well-being measurement and policy, and we’d love to have as many contributions as possible from students and young people.

In early 2015, we shall be holding a longer and more in–depth debate on similar issues, the results of which will be produced into a summary report, which can hopefully be made available to high-level policy-makers. Please get in touch at info@wikiprogress.org if you would be interested in being part of this debate.

Internships

Wikiprogress occasionally hires interns to join the team for a period of 4-6 months at its OECD offices in Paris. If you are interested in being considered for such a position, then please send your CV and motivation letter to info@wikiprogress.org. We would provide a small monthly stipend to contribute to your living costs. Only candidates who will be enrolled in a full-time course of study at the time of their internship can be considered.

Educational resourcesGo Up!

This page lists educational resources related to the measurement of well-being and progress. If you have any you’d like to add, then follow these instructions for editing an article, or email us at info@wikiprogress.org

Videos

The Better Life Index
The Social Progress Index
The Happy Planet Index
The need to reform university Economics courses to take well-being and inequality into account (INET conference):

Presentations

Transferring Knowledge into Policy and the role of Wikiprogress (Presentation given to the QoLexity Masters Course at the Università degli Studi, Florence on Nov 7 2014):

Communication and policy use of Indicators – The Web-COSI Project (Presentation given to the QoLexity Masters Course at the Università degli Studi, Florence 26 September 2014):

The R&D projects funded by the European Union. The recent experience of Web-COSI project at the statistical and economic research frontier. (Presentation given to student of Università di Bologna Corso di laurea in Sviluppo e Cooperazione Internazionale on 27 Novembrer 2014)

Citizenship to monitor quality of life and evaluate progress in cities (Presentation given to the students of the Gran Sasso Science Institute, at OECD, Paris on 12 December 2014)

Reports and Papers

The ‘Stiglitz Commission’ Report (Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress): rapport_anglais.pdf

Final Report of the BRAINPOoL project: BRAINPOoL-Project-Final-Report.pdf

Websites

An introduction to the meaning of ‘Beyond GDP’ statistics: http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/gdp_and_beyond/introduction

The OECD Better Life Index: http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/

Web-COSI:http://www.webcosi.eu/

Courses and trainingGo Up!

This page lists different courses and training opportunities in fields related to well-being measurement and policy. If you know of any courses that should be listed here, please email info@wikiprogress.org

Well-being and quality of life measurement

QoLexity Masters Course: Measuring, Monitoring and Analysis of Quality of Life and its Complexity Master-QoLexity-official-presentation.pdf

MSc Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development: http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/msc-well-huma-deve

Data analysis, data visualisation and data journalism

School of Data: http://schoolofdata.org/courses/


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