The conference was attended by over 50 participants from a cross-spectrum of disciplines, including users and producers of statistical indicators. OPHI’s Director Sabina Alkire and Research Associate John Hammock both participated.
The conference set out to explore three broad questions for measuring human progress:
- How can experience in measuring human development help inform the selection of indicators for the post-2015 development framework?
- Can measures of subjective wellbeing inform future human development reports and measures?
- What new and emerging data sources might be considered to help strengthen the way in which the family of human development indices assesses key capabilities around the world?
During the two-day event, keynote speeches were given by Olav Kjorven, Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals.
Questions and discussions raised during the conference will be considered by UNHDRO to inform its future research agenda and the next Human Development Reports.
The documents and presentations from the Measuring Human Progress conference can be viewed here.