Social Reporting in Europe 2011:
“Measuring and Monitoring Social Progress in European Societies – Is Life Still Getting Better?”


Villa Vigoni Conference, March 9-11, 2011


Wednesday, March 9

Arrival of participants
Dinner and Welcome by the Secretary General of Villa Vigoni, Prof. Gregor Vogt-Spira

Thursday, Morning, March 10

9:15-9:30 Heinz-Herbert Noll (GESIS, Mannheim), Carla Collicelli (CENSIS, Rome), Bartek Lessear (EU-Commission, Brussels)Welcome and Opening of the Conference

Session I: The Meaning of Social Progress in European Societies Today (Chair: Heinz-Herbert Noll, GESIS, Mannheim)
9:30-11:00Heinz-Herbert Noll (GESIS, Mannheim) Introduction - Measuring and Monitoring Social Progresspresentation (167 kB)
Claus Offe (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)Keynote Lecture: What, if Anything, Might We Mean by ‘Progressive’ Politics Today?paper (115 kB)
Jürgen Kohl (Universität Heidelberg)Discussantpaper (185 kB)

Coffee Break

Session II: Current Concepts and Approaches of Measuring and Monitoring Social Progress (Chair: Carla Collicelli, CENSIS, Rome)
11:30-12:45Bartek Lessaer (European Commission, Brussels)Measuring and Monitoring the Progress of Societies by the European Commission – Current Programs and Projects
Romina Boarini (OECD, Paris)Measuring and Monitoring Progress: The OECD ‘Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies’  and Results from the ‘Stiglitz -  Commission’presentation (237 kB)
Tadas Leoncikas (European Foundation, Dublin)The Measurement of the Quality of Society as Part of Monitoring Social Progresspresentation (849 kB)


Thursday, Afternoon, March 10

Session II continued
14:15-14:45Stefan Bergheim (Zentrum für gesellschaftlichen Fortschritt, Frankfurt)Measuring and Comparing Progress – A New Indexpresentation (349 kB)


Session III: Directions and Meanings of Current Developments in European Societies (Chair: Heinz-Herbert Noll, GESIS, Mannheim)
14:45-16:15Joakim Palme (University of Uppsala)Progress? - Recent Social Developments in Sweden
Anne Foulger (ONS, Newport)Progress? - Recent Social Developments in the UKpresentation (837 kB)
Rob Bijl (SCP, Den Haag)Social Progress in the Netherlands:  A Battle of the Generations or Intergenerational Solidarity?presentation (496 kB)
Stefan Weick, Heinz-Herbert Noll (GESIS, Mannheim)Progress, Regress, Stagnancy? Changes in Living Conditions and Subjective Well-Being in Germany.presentation (662 kB)

Coffee Break

Session III continued
16:45–18:45 Peter Farago, Felix Bühlmann (FORS, Lausanne)Social Progress? - Evidence From the Swiss Social Report 2012presentation (157 kB)
Carla Collicelli (Censis, Rome)Formal and Informal in the Italian Welfare Mix: Progress, Resistence or Simply Tradition?presentation (7.03 MB)
Carlos Pereda (Colectivo Ioé, Madrid)An Assessment of the Quality of Life Following the Crisis in Spain

paper (349 kB)

presentation (216 kB)

Stella Golinowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)Progress? Recent Social Developments in Poland presentation (671 kB)
Robert Gal (Tarki, Budapest)Generational Effects of Social Progress - the Case of Hungarypresentation (282 kB)
Robert Anderson (European Foundation, Dublin)The Direction of Current Social Developments in Europe – Results from the European Quality of Life Surveyspresentation (1.52 MB)


Friday, Morning, March 11

Session IV: Social Progress as Subject of Social Reporting and Social Monitoring (Chair: Bartek Lessear, European Commission, Brussels)
09:30–10:45Danuta Biterman (The National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm)'Social Report 2010' – The National Report on Social Conditions in Swedenpresentation (2.51 MB)
Simon Chapple (OECD, Paris)Society at a Glance 2011 – Measuring Progress in OECD Countriespresentation (1.09 MB)
Donato Speroni (Istituto per la Formazione al Giornalismo, Urbino)Problems in Going Beyond GDP - Communicating Dashboards and Indicators to Measure Progresspresentation (1.46 MB)

Coffee Break
Planning Future Collaboration (Chair: Carla Collicelli)
Lunch and Departure