Key social indicators and policies for measuring poverty and social exclusion Cover Image

Клучни социјални индикатори и политики за мерење на сиромаштијата и социјалната исклученост
Key social indicators and policies for measuring poverty and social exclusion

Author(s): Paul Stubs, Maja Gerovska Mitev
Contributor(s): Sonja Trajanoska (Translator)
Subject(s): Civil Society, Social development, Social differentiation, Family and social welfare, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Филозофскиот факултет во Скопје
Keywords: Social indicators; Laeken indicators; Human Developemnt Report and Human Development Index; Millenium Development Goals; Poverty Reductions Strategy Papers; OECD Social Indicators; Social Cohesion Ind

Summary/Abstract: The article explores key social indicators for poverty reduction and social inclusion. It also emphasizes the distinctions between indicators, benchmarks and standards. The focus in this paper is, by and large, on the indicators and policy processes most often used to measure human progress and well-being. For each, the authors address in broad terms: the history and current status of the initiative; the main indicators used; and some of the advantages and disadvantages of the indicators and policy processes. Wherever specific choices are made, the emphasis is on broadly objective outcome indicators. This is primarily because this paper focuses on the social indicators used by international agencies, such as: European Union and EUROSTAT, UNDP, UN, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and OECD. Their indicators tend to be quantitative indicators, often expressed as rates or proportions of the relevant population. As such, of course, these rates tell us about the aggregate sitaution of people, but little or nothing about the quality of their experiences. Authors conclude that a focus on a wide range of outcome indicators, with no corresponding attention to monitoring policy inputs, may fail to pose some of the most important questions about evidence-based policy alternatives. Article also emphasizes the importance of introducing meaningful quality standards, as something of a bridge between policy input indicators and quantitative outcome indicators.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-33
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Macedonian