European Framework for Measuring Progress / e-Frame

Bearbeitung: N.N.
Leitung: Dr. Heinz-Herbert Noll
Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitsbereich: Zentrum für Sozialindikatorenforschung (Abt. Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft - DBG)


The key purpose of the e-Frame project is to provide a European framework for the debate over the measure of well-being and progress among all relevant stakeholders. The e-Frame project aims at taking into account all significant aspects of the debate on measuring economic performance, development, well-being and more generally the progress of societies in order to coordinate the activities of relevant stakeholders (NSI, European institutions and policy makers, researchers and civil society) and propose the way forward. e-Frame will focus its activities on the achievement of the following general objectives:

  • Stocktaking of available results and of ongoing research activities on the measurement of well-being and societal progress, including issues of sustainability and social as well as human capital;
  • Fostering a European debate over the issue;
  • Defining guidelines for the use of existing indicators;
  • Proposing a coherent way of “delivering” information (areas of interest, statistical information);
  • Identifying new topics to be put on to a future research agenda;
  • Harmonising National Statistical Institutes initiatives on progress measurement.

The general objectives will be approached through the achievement of 10 specific results

  • Collecting and systematizing of recent research results and practices within the measurement of progress and sustainable development and of related specific issues;
  • Opening for a for discussion (workshops, conferences and web platforms) of overarching and sectorial issues concerning then beyond GDPdebate where researchers and practitioners will present most updated results and where available information will be collected and shared;
  • Feeding results of the debate into other similar efforts, such as international trade and social reporting;
  • Setting up of a EU wide network composed of different relevant stakeholders (universities, research centres, enterprises, trade unions, policy makers, NSIs, civil society organizations) for addressing beyond GDP related issues within European policies in a coherent and coordinated way, assessing future research needs and providing original European contributions to the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy;
  • Proposing guidelines and actions for the inclusion of stakeholders into indicators’ related deliberative processes;
  • Proposing guidelines for policymakers for the use of existing indicators (with special attention to European policies);
  • Providing an inventory of software for the dissemination of statistics and formulating guidelines for their use by different stakeholders;
  • Collecting NSIs practices on progress measurement and define guidelines for coordinated future actions;
  • Defining operational proposals and a roadmap for FP8 and ESSnet;
  • Spreading then beyond GDP debate throughout Europe.


01.01.2012 – 30.06.2014

Gefördert durch



  • Italian National Institute of Statistics (IT)
  • Statistics Netherlands (NL)
  • Office for National Statistics (UK)
  • Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (FR)
  • Institute for Economic Research of the Romanian National Academy (RO)
  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (IT)
  • GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (DE)
  • Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques (FR)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (IO)
  • The new economics foundation (UK)
  • The Young Foundation (UK)
  • Università di Siena (IT)
  • Università Politecnica delle Marche (IT)
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • University of Groningen (NL)
  • Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (DE)
  • University of Trier (DE)
  • Università di Pisa (IT)
  • Maastricht University (NL)