Council of Europe, in partnership with the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy)
and the OECD, has organised a Seminar on ‘Involving citizens and communities
in measuring and fostering well-being and progress’ which was held in
Strasbourg on 27th and 28th November.
The aim of the seminar was to develop new
approaches and tools for measuring how societies are changing by using high
quality, reliable statistics to assess progress in a range of areas
affecting citizens’ quality of life. Citizen participation in this process
and the strengthening of their capacity to understand the social and
economic context in which they live is important for improving policy making,
democracy and citizen well-being.
The event provided the opportunity for an
exchange of good practices from various Council of Europe member states as
well as non-member states such as Australia, Canada, Colombia and Japan and
sought to promote international co-operation at governmental and
Participants had the opportunity to attend
two round tables and six separate workshops addressing the following issues:
Well-being and well-being for all:
what differences and which indicators?
Determining the objective and the
political aim of involving citizens in developing indicators;
identifying responsibilities and clarifying the institutional aspects of
Links between traditional systems of
indicators and those developed with citizens/communities: antagonisms,
alternatives or complementarities?
Working with citizens /communities to
develop indicators of well-being/progress
Assessing needs in conjunction with
citizens, collecting data establishing a link with conventional
How can the question of goods for well
being be taken into account in the work to develop indicators with
The event was organized by the Social
Cohesion Development Division of the Council of Europe in partnership with
the Organization for Economic co-operation and Development (OECD) and the
Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy). Around 150 participants (including 6
CDCS members) and speakers from all over the world attended this seminar
including researchers, statisticians, government representatives, local
authorities and NGOs. The opening speech was addressed by the Chair of the
GR-Soc, the Chair of the CDCS Committee and the OECD.
This seminar is part of the process of
drafting of a guide on the theme "“Promoting well-being for all and societal progress: how to involve citizens in
defining and measuring well-being and societal progress indicators”
which is a contribution of the Council of Europe to the Global Project “Measuring
the progress of societies” coordinated by the OECD.