Poverty and wellbeing indices: Please provide information on key global indices and frameworks 1. for monitoring multidimensional poverty and wellbeing and 2. that incorporate measures of subjective wellbeing, outlining their pros and cons and listing the key sources that discuss them.
Key findings: The Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress was created in 2008 to explore the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic performance and social progress. Much literature in the past has critiqued the inadequacy of income measures. The Commission was also tasked with considering additional information and tools required to produce a more relevant picture of progress. The Commission published its final report in 2009. It advocates for a shift in emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring the wellbeing of people. It considers wellbeing to be multi-dimensional, incorporating the following dimensions (see p. 14-15):
This helpdesk research report surveys a range of indices developed to measure various aspects of wellbeing and poverty.
All of these indices have been created in part as a response to the perceived inadequacy of income measures (and other traditional poverty and wellbeing indices) in capturing all the elements important to wellbeing. The report outlines what the indices aim to measure and how. It also discusses strengths and critiques of each index, based on a review of key literature. Many of the indices can be used in conjunction in order to provide a more complete picture of people’s wellbeing.
Full response: http://www.gsdrc.org/docs/open/HDQ763.pdf