The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress.
This website updates on recent developments and ongoing work.
Launched in 2011, the Canadian Index of Well-being highlights the components of well-being which Canadians value beyond economic productivity. This second edition of the index, published by the Faculty of Applied Health Science at the University of Waterloo, builds on 64 indicators covering 8 dimensions of well-being: community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards and time use. Indicators are mainly taken from data sources provided by Statistics Canada. Some indicators are taken from selected national and international sources. All the indicators are equally weighted. The 2016 Report analyses Canadians well-being evolution looking at trends from 1994 to 2014. Data show that after 2008 the economy recovered, but Canadians' well-being took a significant step back and only recently started to recovery. Over the considered period, some areas, such as leisure and culture and environment, suffered more. The education domain has instead largely kept pace with GDP.
The Happy City Index provides a measure for the progress of cities, in order to reach “sustainable well-being”. Developed by Happy City, a Bristol based NGO, the index is based on data collected for the 9 largest cities in England, which were ranked in 3 dimensions: equality, sustainability and city conditions. Equality is assessed through indicators of income inequality, health and well-being, while Sustainability is assessed through indicators on emissions, recycling patterns and energy consumption. The city conditions dimension is composed by 5 well-being domains: work, health, education, place and community. Each of these domains is further divided into sub-domains concerning key policy areas within each domain. The insights are presented through city maps, providing a picture of how the 9 cities are doing. The city conditions scores are then used to provide an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each city. Bristol, London and Nottingham are the best performing cities.
Deutsche Post AG published the Happiness Atlas 2016 for Germany. This Atlas presents data on life satisfaction in 19 German regions, pulling together information from existing surveys and additional data collected ad hoc. The overall life satisfaction results from self-assessments on different dimensions such as work, health or living and leisure. Over the recent years, Germans have reported a largely increasing life satisfaction. The happiest Germans live in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, while the largest increase in happiness with respect to the previous edition is observed in the southern parts of the country. The 2016 edition of the Atlas contains a special analysis of how cultural diversity impacts on life satisfaction. 75% of the analysed sample regards Germany as an open and tolerant country and 65% considers immigration an enriching experience. At the same time, only 44% thinks that the coexistence of people with different backgrounds works out well.