In order to measure and monitor a country’s well-being and progress, a particular path has to be followed, leading from concept to measure, to interpretation. The process requires: (a) defining the concepts to measure and monitor and their conceptual dimensions, together with the ambits (domains) in which the concepts are observed and monitored; (b) developing/selecting indicators; this requires the identification also of the appropriate techniques aimed at their synthesis; (c) defining the perspectives through which the indicators should be observed and the consistent organization of the monitoring process; (d) defining the interpretative/explanatory models, which actually link the obtained results to the previously defined concept. The widely accepted main concepts defining the progress of a country (or community) are the well-being of individuals (quality of life), its fair distribution (equity), and sustainable promotion (sustainability). The paper aims at (a) clarifying different issues concerning the well-being of societies by providing a conceptual instrument allowing anyone to orient themselves among all the emerging proposals and to distinguish between serious and propagandistic ones; (b) unravelling the primary methodological aspects and issues that should be considered in constructing indicators.

The construction of well-being indicators: from definitions to measures and to interpretation / Maggino, F.. - In: SLASKI PRZEGLAD STATYSTYCZNY. - ISSN 1644-6739. - 11:11/2013(2013), pp. 95-122.

The construction of well-being indicators: from definitions to measures and to interpretation

F. Maggino
2013

Abstract

In order to measure and monitor a country’s well-being and progress, a particular path has to be followed, leading from concept to measure, to interpretation. The process requires: (a) defining the concepts to measure and monitor and their conceptual dimensions, together with the ambits (domains) in which the concepts are observed and monitored; (b) developing/selecting indicators; this requires the identification also of the appropriate techniques aimed at their synthesis; (c) defining the perspectives through which the indicators should be observed and the consistent organization of the monitoring process; (d) defining the interpretative/explanatory models, which actually link the obtained results to the previously defined concept. The widely accepted main concepts defining the progress of a country (or community) are the well-being of individuals (quality of life), its fair distribution (equity), and sustainable promotion (sustainability). The paper aims at (a) clarifying different issues concerning the well-being of societies by providing a conceptual instrument allowing anyone to orient themselves among all the emerging proposals and to distinguish between serious and propagandistic ones; (b) unravelling the primary methodological aspects and issues that should be considered in constructing indicators.
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