How’s Life?

Measuring Progress and Well-being

Release Date: September 1, 2011

Most people visit a doctor when they are sick. Only a minority, however, undertakes regular checkups of their health status. These comprehensive checkups may help to identify conditions that require consistent monitoring and prevent the development of potentially life-threatening diseases. Similar regular checkups may help assess the health of communities and countries.

This new compendium presents some of the core elements and indicators relevant to the assessment of the well-being and progress of communities, and of the people living in them. It focuses on the most important dimensions that shape people’s lives today, using as a starting point the dimensions highlighted in the 2009 Report of the Commission on Economic Performance and Social Progress.