The Social Progress Index (SPI), developed five years ago by the Social Progress Imperative whose CEO is the economist Michael Green, provides an aggregate measure of social progress that captures three main areas: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. Since it only measures social outcomes, it is complementary to traditional economic indicators and enables social progress to be meaningfully benchmarked against peers in other similar localities, cities, regions, and countries.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Social Progress Imperative is committed to supporting efforts to deliver on the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Social Progress Index is a proven tool to measure social progress performance and to drive action that is being used extensively around the world. It can, therefore, support SDG implementation – as a rapid-assessment approach to help capture the spirit of the SDGs – playing a complementary role to the official monitoring systems that are being put in place.


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