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The Better Life Index - Vincent Finat-Duclos

  1. 1. Open Data for Measuring Social Progress The OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org Vincent Finat-Duclos – Data editor at OECD
  2. 2. OPEN DATA FOR MEASURING SOCIAL PROGRESS Is there more to progress than simply growing the economy? How can open knowledge help us to measure progress better? The measurement of social progress and human development has seen rapid advances fuelled by the growing availability of data and theoretical concepts that call for a wider definition of human development beyond conventional measures such as income or GDP. Academics and policymakers are relying increasingly on more sophisticated “composite indices” to compare the performance of cities, regions and countries. So far, however, the public has remained a passive “consumer” of such indices. This session explores how open data and collaborative approaches can help create new metrics, as well as improve existing metrics of well-being. Bringing together speakers from the cutting-edge of academia, policy and civil society, this session aims for a creative discussion about how technology and openness can help redefine the very concept of progress.
  3. 3. How can the OECD encourage public participation in defining well-being?
  4. 4. OECD « Progress » Timeline 2012 2011 2010 2008 2009 2005 2006 2007 2004 Palermo, Italy www.oecd.org/site/worldforum/ Istambul, Turkey www.oecd.org/site/worldforum06/ Busan, Korea www.oecd.org/site/progresskorea/ 2013 New Delhi, India www.oecd.org/site/worldforumindia/ Launch of the Global project: “Measuring the Progress of Societies” Launch of the OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org and the How’s Life? report First update of the OECD Better Life Index www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org Launch of the commission on measuring progress Report is issued http://www.stiglitz-sen-fitoussi.fr/en/index.htm
  5. 5. A virtuous circle Better Life Index Well- Being Feedbacks Policies Learn about Provide Influence Feed
  6. 6. Main panel with comparative graphics Evolve when weights are modified Aggregate index Evolves when weights are modified Interactive panel: the user can assign different weights to indicators
  7. 7. Version 1 vs Version 2 • Interactive index • Sharing possibilities • Descriptive texts and policies • A “hidden” survey • Free access to all content • Interactive index • Sharing possibilities • More descriptive texts and policies • Survey: extended and more visible • Free access to all content • Users can compare themselves • Introduction to the inequality issue • Blog
  8. 8. Version 1 vs Version 2 (cont.) From 21 May 2011 to 20 May 2012 (12 months): 850 000 visits 2,30 pages/visit 4 min 09 /visit 6500 shared index From 21 May 2012 to 19 Sept 2012 (4 months): 290 000 visits 2,43 pages/visit 3 min 34 /visit 9500 shared index 1500 complete surveys filled
  9. 9. Survey results 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Female Male 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% <15 15-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 >65 Country of origins # of visits France 2592 USA 2098 Germany 1129 Italy 998 Canada 768 Australia 739 United Kingdom 605 Austria 495 Mexico 474 Switzerland 359 Spain 346 Belgium 342 Portugal 300 Turkey 290 Japan 225 Russia 201 Hungary 193 Brazil 179 New Zealand 173 Chile 162 Country of origins: Gender distribution: Age distribution:
  10. 10. User preferences 0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 “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. » What a Better Life means to the users?
  11. 11. Where do we go next? If we want to influence future policies, We need to keep on providing knowledge 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
  12. 12. Should you have any question: bli@oecd.org vincent.finat-duclos@oecd.org

Editor's Notes

  • My name is Vincent F D
    I am data editor at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
    My 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 website
    There 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 October

    In 2008 French president launched the Stiglitz Sen Fitoussi 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 them this mock 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 preferences
    Age has more but the top three is most of the times
  • Education, Health Life satisfaction are always on top (by country, gender and age) but not always in the same order.
  • Interface find the right balance between playful and informative
    content = sustainability inequalities
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