My name is Vincent F DI am data editor at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentMy job consists in improving/editing the statistical content we publish and to broaden its dissemination
Reading the description of this session, I have found that those 2 bolded sentences are really in line with the questions we have asked ourselves when started thinking about the index.
The exact question we have tried to answer was the following:
Let me give you a quick overviews of the work that had been done on the notion of Progress and well being before this websiteThere have been 3 World forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy (Palermo 2004, Istambul, 2007, Busan 2009) and a new one is to come in Delhi in OctoberIn 2008 French president launched the StiglitzSenFitoussi commission on measuring progress which issued a report in 2009.The OECD has been involved in one way or the other but no one outside the economic sphere really knew about it and citizens were not really aware on all the work that was being done to measure progress and well being.This is why at the beginning of 2010 and following the conclusion of the Stiglitz commission we have been asked to work on a “well being” index
When we started thinking about this website. We had two ideas in our mind. The first one was empowering the citizens by giving them enough materials to participate in the debate on well being The second one was to get feedbacks from citizen to improve the policies that are created.The feedbacks could be adressed directly to us but we were also thinking about NGOs and various forums.With those ideas in mind we started thinking about an index but one the user could interact with.What we created was a basic Excel spreadsheet . As it wasn’t pretty enough we have decided to involve data viz expert to get a more appealing result.
We gave themthismock up …
And they gave us this….Obviously it is a bit more appealing….
As I have said earlier one of our goal was to get feedbacks from the users. But unfortunately the first version was not perfect. We have tried to improve it when launching the new version back in May but there are still some work to do…
Nevertheless as you can see we have succeeded in increasing the number of answers to the survey…
So far we observe that the countries and the gender have little influence over the user preferencesAge has more but the top threeismost of the times
Education,Health Life satisfaction are always on top (by country, gender and age) but not always in the sameorder.
Interface find the right balance between playful and informativecontent = sustainability inequalities
The Better Life Index - Vincent Finat-Duclos
Open Data for Measuring Social Progress The OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org Vincent Finat-Duclos – Data editor at OECD
OPEN DATA FOR MEASURING SOCIAL PROGRESS How can open knowledgeIs there more to progress than simply growing the economy?help us to measure progress better?The measurement of social progress and human development has seen rapid advances fuelled by the growingavailability of data and theoretical concepts that call for a wider definition of human development beyondconventional measures such as income or GDP. Academics and policymakers are relying increasingly on moresophisticated “composite indices” to compare the performance of cities, regions and countries. So however, the public has remained a passive “consumer” offar,such indices. This session explores how open data and collaborative approaches can help create newmetrics, as well as improve existing metrics of well-being. Bringing together speakers from the cutting-edge ofacademia, policy and civil society, this session aims for a creative discussion about how technology andopenness can help redefine the very concept of progress.
How can the OECD encourage publicparticipation in defining well-being?
OECD « Progress » Timeline Launch of the commission on Report is issued measuring progress http://www.stiglitz-sen-fitoussi.fr/en/index.htmPalermo, Italy Istambul, Turkey Busan, Korea New Delhi, Indiawww.oecd.org/site/worldforum/ www.oecd.org/site/worldforum06/ www.oecd.org/site/progresskorea/ www.oecd.org/site/worldforumindia/2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Launch of the Global project: Launch of the “Measuring the Progress of Societies” OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org and the How’s Life? report First update of the OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org
A virtuous circle Better Life Index Feed Learn about Well- Policies Being Influence Provide Feedbacks
Interactive panel: the user can assign different weights to indicators Main panel with Aggregate index comparative graphicsEvolves when weights are modified Evolve when weights are modified
Version 1 vs Version 2• Interactive index • Interactive index• Sharing possibilities • Sharing possibilities• Descriptive texts and policies • More descriptive texts and policies• A “hidden” survey • Survey: extended and more visible• Free access to all content • Free access to all content • Users can compare themselves • Introduction to the inequality issue • Blog
Version 1 vs Version 2 (cont.)From 21 May 2011 to 20 May 2012 (12 months): From 21 May 2012 to 19 Sept 2012 (4 months):850 000 visits 290 000 visits2,30 pages/visit 2,43 pages/visit4 min 09 /visit 3 min 34 /visit6500 shared index 9500 shared index 1500 complete surveys filled
Survey resultsGender distribution:70%60% Country of origins:50% Country of origins # of visits40% France 259230% USA 2098 Germany 112920% Italy 99810% Canada 768 Australia 739 0% United Kingdom 605 Female Male Austria 495 Mexico 474 Switzerland 359Age distribution: Spain 346 Belgium 34240% Portugal 30035% Turkey 290 Japan 22530% Russia 20125% Hungary 193 Brazil 17920% New Zealand 17315% Chile 16210% 5% 0% <15 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 >65
User preferences 0.12 0.1 0.08 0.06 0.04 0.02 0What a Better Life means to the users? “Safety Comfort Health and Education in a clean environment.” “That I can leave this world as good if not better for my children. That my job is a career - not a chore.” « beaucoup moins de pauvreté de guerres et moins de gaspillage matériel et financier de la part de tous. »
Where do we go next?If we want to influence future policies, We need to keep on providingknowledge to the users.To do so we’re planning on:• Making the indicators more robust• Extending the country coverage• Improving the interface• Adding more content to the website
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