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Online Discussion Engaging citizens in well-being and progress statistics

Start Date: 
Apr 22, 2014
End Date: 
Apr 30, 2014
Source of the information: 

Wikiprogress and partners will be hosting an online discussion on the role of citizen engagement in the development and use of well-being and progress statistics, from 22 until 30 April 2014.  

Should you wish to be a partner or to get involved, contact the Wikiprogress team at BEFORE 8 April!  


The OECD is one of four partners in a European Commision-funded project called Web Communities for Statistics and Social Innovation (Web-COSI), whose overarching aim is to ensure ‘Statistics for Everyone’. Over two years, Web-COSI will be exploring innovative ways to increase public engagement with the production, promotion, and use of ‘beyond GDP’ statistics and data. Wikiprogress will be conducting a number of activities in 2014 to this end. 

There are many different ways that citizen engagement can play a role in the development and use of progress statistics, through:  

  • Public consultations, with government and civil society organisations, at the local or national level, on the best frameworks to use for the measurement of well-being.
  • Crowdsourcing data collection, via web platforms or mobile technology, such as the method used in the subjective well-being app Mappiness.
  • User feedback on existing measurement frameworks or methods, such as the interactive technology used by the OECD Better Life Index.
  • Use and re-use of open data sources, where members of the public can access official and non-official data to create stories, visualisations and apps to produce innovative solutions to collective problems, such as those available on  

Leading questions  

  • How can citizen engagement improve the development and use of well-being and progress statistics?  
  • Do you have any examples of good practice in citizen engagement in well-being and progress statistics?  
  • What role can technology - such as mobile apps or interactive web platforms - play in improving citizen engagement with well-being and progress statistics?


During 2013, Wikiprogress will be focusing on the question of how to increase citizen engagement in well-being and progress statistics. This is a key issue for the movement of initiatives around the world striving to develop better statistics of well-being and progress. While this movement is incredibly diverse – encompassing different actors, frameworks, geographic scales, and objectives - it is driven by a common belief that measurement can bring about change in policy, behaviour and attitudes that will have a real (positive) impact on people’s lives, now and into the future. For this to happen, we need to be sure that a) we are measuring what really matters to people, and that b) those measures will be used in policy and public debate. Citizen engagement is central to achieving both these objectives.    


THIS DISCUSSION WILL OPEN ON 22 April - Should you wish to be a partner or get involved, contact the Wikiprogress team at