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|Population (In Millions)||311.59|
|Human Development Index||4/169|
|Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - World Bank)||14,991.30|
|Global Peace Index||82/153|
|Happy Planet Index||114/143|
|Social Institutions and Gender Index||- /86|
|Environmental Performance Index||61/163|
|Child Mortality Rate||6.4|
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Main Progress Initiatives
Child Well-Being Initiatives
ChildStat.gov is a Forum on Child and Family Statistics that offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. They produce the "America's Children" report that assembles key statistics.
Child Trends DataBank
The DataBank provides national trends data and research on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
The Child and Youth Well-being Index
The Child and Youth Well-being Index (CWI) is a nationwide, research-based composite measure updated annually since its public release in 2004. The CWI was constructed and is overseen by Kenneth Land, a social demographer at Duke University. The index was requested by and its update will be financed up to 2017 by the Foundation for Child Development. The CWI describes how young people in the United States have fared since 1975 and allow comparisons for the development of the seven dimensions that are captured by 28 indicators.
Geography Matters: Child Well-Being in the States
Geography Matters is offered by Every Child Matters Education Fund. The site offerts a State-by-State map of child well-being indicators in areas such as fatalities, poverty, health insurance, teen births, prenatal care, child welfare spending, and more. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) is a longitudinal birth cohort study of American children in urban areas. It is run by Princeton University and Columbia University. Baseline data was collected in 1998-2000. The aim of the study is to address four questions: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?
There seems to be increasing interest to adopt the Early Development Index (EDI) in the United States. The EDI assesses community outcomes in child development in respect to health, learning, and behaviour. The EDI allows to integrate child development outcomes with other sources of data about children, families and communities and can thus be a potentially important source of information for policy design. The EDI is currently successfully used in Australia and Canada. The Annie E. Casey Foundation contributed to this efforts by suggesting potential indicators as picked by states.
Kids Count is a database with more than 100 indicator on children well-being in the United States hosted by the Annie E.Casey Foundation. Since 1990, a composite index of child well-being based on 10 indicators is calculated for national, state, and community level and allows comparison over time.The data is an important input for the problem analysis evidence-based policy recommendations of the foundation (Data and Research Reports).
The Measure of America
The Measure of America is a nonpartisan, non-profit initiative established to introduce to the United States a well-honed international approach and tool for measuring human well-being: the human development approach and the human development index. The Measure of America's mission is to stimulate fact-based public debate about and political attention to human development issues in the United States and to empower people with an instrument to hold elected officials accountable for progress on issues we all care about: health, education and income.
Economic Opportunity Index
Hope Street Group, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to create an Opportunity Economy, created the Economic Opportunity Index. It allows Americans to quantify how opportunity is growing and shriking by gender, racial/ethnic group, or state. The Economic Opportunity Index is a composite index and its methodology is explained here.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
An initiative by Gallup and Healthways, has been collecting survey data in the United States on subjective well-being and health since 2008.
Gallup Social and Economic Analysis
Gallup Social and Economic analyses tap into the global conversation and provide context to what is happening around the world -- as well as insight into what may happen -- from the vantage point of its citizens. Gallup's team of social and economic research analysts, scientists, regional experts, and journalists scrutinize public opinion data from more than 150 countries and areas that are regularly surveyed. See more about Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
The Glaser Progress Foundation
The Glaser Foundation Project was established in 2008, United States. Build a better future by improving our understanding and measurement of human progress.
Arizona Indicators is an initiative that was founded in 2007 and aims for a central resource for data and insights to help support policy making and public awareness of Arizona's competitiveness and other issues. Arizona Indicators presents information about the state of Arizona, United States in eleven different content areas with interactive data visualizations and mapping tools. The initiative adopted new communication strategies for public opinion data or policy analysis. Each dataset includes different layers of meaning and uses indicators to explain the topic in more detail.
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (known as BNIA or the Alliance) is an organization consisting of diverse groups committed to promoting, supporting and helping people make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Central Texas Sustainable Indicators Project
The CTSIP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability in the Texas region by providing data on the inter-related nature of social equity, the economy, the environment, and engagement. The main focus since 2000 has been to produce a Data Report compiling indicators of the overall health of the Central Texas region.
The 2009 data report can be found here: Central Texas Sustainable Indicators Project. 2009. Indicators data report
Jacksonville Community Council Inc
The JCCI Hosts the United States' longest-running community indicators project, the Quality of Life Progress Report, published annually since 1985. The focus is on community-selected indicators that measure progress toward a shared community vision.
National Center for Environmental Economics
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) offers a centralized source of technical expertise to the Agency, as well as other federal agencies, Congress, universities, and other organizations. NCEE’s staff specializes in analyzing the economic and health impacts of environmental regulations and policies, and assists EPA by informing important policy decisions with sound economics and other sciences. NCEE also contributes to and manages EPA's research on environmental economics to improve the methods and data available for policy analysis.
Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project
The Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project (CAP) is one of the oldest community indicator projects in the United States. It has over 130 indicators in six areas: education, health, economy, public safety, natural environment and social environment. The CAP was chosen by the Community Indicator Consortium (CIC) and the Brookings Institution as the best indicator project in 2007. To see a video about how partners have used CAP data over the last 16 years to improve quality of life, please click here: http://www.appliedsurveyresearch.org/projects/cap.html
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to become more environmentally friendly, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
Sustainable Seattle works with the community to measure and make progress towards sustainability with social justice, collaboration and stewardship as their main goals. Initiatives and programs of Sustainable Seattle include the Happiness Initiative, Flow for individuals, Sustainability Training for the community, Dream a Sound Future Competition for visionaries and Business Recognition Program and Sustainability Reporting for businesses.
Sustainable Pittsburgh seeks to contribute to decision-making processes in the Pittsburgh region regarding economic prosperity, social equity and environmental quality and to take a sustainable approach to development in the region.
Sustainable Seattle is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the long term quality of life of those in the Seattle / King County area. It provides communities and individuals with meaningful information that reflects their priorities and helps them make sustainable choices.
Center for Population Economics
Established in 2008, Center for Population Economics, The University of Chicago, United States. The Center for Population Economics specializes in the development of life-cycle and intergenerational data sets to study demographic, epidemiological, and demographic processes. It initiates and supports cutting-edge research in the fields of human aging, disability, labor force participation, and mortality. Furthermore the center forecasts future trends in aging, health, and retirement through historical analysis.
Economic Policy Institute
Established in 2008, EPI, United States. The mission of the Economic Policy Institutre is to provide high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy. The institude stresses real world analysis and concern for the living standards of working people.
Northwest Area Foundation Indicator
Northwest Area Foundation Indicator is a convenient source of information on states and counties, selected communities, reservations, and tribes in the Northwest Area Foundation's eight-state region and a usefult tool to find to find the most recent indicators on local population characteristics, economic well-being, health and more.
Redefining Progress is the nation’s leading public policy think tank dedicated to smart economics.
The State of the USA
The State of the USA (SUSA) was officially founded in 2007, and its mandate was legally formalised with the passing of a bipartisan Senate bill in 2010. SUSA’s mission is to “help all Americans assess national progress for themselves, with the best quality measures and data on the most important issues facing the nation”. Its aim is to gather in one website all relevant data (from public and private sources) to the assessment of the life of American people. An initial list of topic areas to be used to frame the information on the website was agreed through a participatory process. Following the 2010 senate legislation, GAO undertook a thorough review of key national indicator systems, with a report released in June 2011.
UC Atlas of Global Inequality
Created in 2008 by the University of California, United States. UC Atlas of Global Inequality provides resources and tools to enable people exploration of global change. The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality.
- National Center for Health Statistics
- Stat USA
- US Bureau of Economic Analysis
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- U.S. Census Bureau
Happiness in the USA
This is an overview of findings on Happiness in the USA.The available findings are presented in the latest ‘Nation Report’ on the USA . This report is ordered by type of happiness questions and within these types by year. This ordering is to facilitate the assessment of progress, comparison over time being most fruitful using the same questions.
The report presents means and standard deviations, both on the original scale range and transformed to a common range 0-10. The means inform about the level of happiness in the country and the standard deviations about inequality of happiness.
Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA) formed the Gross National Happiness American Project in 2009. GNHUSA envisions a happy and ecologically sustainable future. GNHUSA also seeks to mobilize individuals and organizations in the United States to shift beliefs, policies, and practices concerning progress and well-being toward the pursuit of genuine happiness. Starting on the state-level scale in Vermont where it was founded, GNHUSA is "investigating how to involve Vermonters in adopting surveys of well-being and developing a set of indicators, based on best practices that can be used to guide our transition to a healthy, happy and sustainable future."
Un intérêt concernant une méthode commune de mesure du progrès national s’est fait croissant au Etats-Unis au cours des dernières années. Des centaines de communautés, de villes, ainsi que de régions à travers les Etats-Unis ont déjà mis en œuvre des systèmes d’indicateurs clés.
Le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis (SUSA) représente à la fois un organisme grandisssant, et le nom d’un site web projeté. Il regroupe un ensemble d’ indicateurs clés mesurant des conditions spécifiques ou encore des tendances. Une fois achevé, le site web du SUSA rendra visibles des données émanant d’une gamme de ressources publiques et privées.
L’ objectif est de présenter au grand public l’organisme SUSA ainsi que ses initiatives, qui comprendront des mesures et des données de haute qualité pouvant être utilisées par les Americains afin que ces derniers puissent s’éduquent au sujet du progrès des Etats-Unis ; mais également d’encourager un dialogue civique riche et de soutenir des prises de décisions publiques plus éclairées. La mission de SUSA consiste à réunir tous les acteurs de la société (non-lucratifs, les médias, les décideurs gouvernementaux, les meneurs commerciaux, les scientifiques, les enseignants et les citoyens) autour d’un même opbjectif ; celui d’approfondir leur compréhension des question les plus urgentes du pays. SUSA fournira aux Américains un nouvel outil afin de les aider à évaluer la direction vers laquelle leur pays est en marche.
Progress Papers and Publications
- Key Indicator Systems: Experiences of Other National and Subnational Systems Offer Insights for the United States US Government Accountability Office, March 31, 2011
- Celebrate, Innovate and Sustain: The United States’ Strategy for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, Toward 2015 and Beyond, July 2010, USAID
- Beyond GDP: The Need for New Measures of Progress, 2009, By Robert Costanza, Maureen Hart, Stephen Posner, and John Talberth, Boston University, United States.
- On King Holiday, a Split Review of Civil Rights Progress, 2008, Lydia Saad, GALLUP, United States
- Evolutionary Efficiency and Happiness, 2008, Luis Rayo, Gary S. Becker, The University of Chicago, United States.
- THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE EVOLUTION OF WORLD INEQUALITY, 2008, Gary S. Becker, Tomas J. Philipson, Rodrigo R. Soares, The University of Chicago, United States.
- National Time Accounting: The Currency of Life, 2008, Alan B. Krueger; Daniel Kahneman; David Schkade; Norbert Schwarz; Arthur A. Stone, Princeton University, United States.
- Developments in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being, 2006, Kahneman, Daniel and Krueger, Alan B., Princeton University, United States.
- The State of the Region 2005 - Measuring Regional Progress, 2005, Southern California Association of Governments, United States.
- Indicators of Sustainable Competitiveness: A Quality of Life Index for San Diego, 2005, The San Diego Association of Governaments and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, United States.
- The United States of America Developing Key National Performance Indicators, 2003, Martha Farnsworth Riche, Government Accountibility Office, United States
- Health, Income, and Inequality, 2003, Angus Deaton, Princeton University, United States. A research summary on the correlation between income inequality and health.
- Sustainability and Quality of Life Indicators: Toward the Integration of Economic, Social and Environmental Measures, 2002, Patrice Flynn, David Berry and Theodore Heintz, Flynn Reserach, Journal of Social Health, United States.
- Indicators for a Sustainable Community, 1998, Sustainable Seattle, United States.
- Human Development Index
- Human Development Report 2010
- Human Development Report 2010 - Media Review
- The Global Peace Index 2010
- Child well-being
- Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Foundation for Child Development