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European Social Progress Index

First launched in 2016 and updated in 2020, the index measures social progress across 240 European regions at the NUTS2 level. The index is used by the European Commission to facilitate benchmarking across EU regions and help policymakers and stakeholders assess a region's strengths and weaknesses on social and environmental aspect aligned with the EU's cohesion policy.

The EU regional Social Progress Index aims to measure social progress for each EU region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress, such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Define in the framework of the "Beyond GDP" discussion as an alternative to traditional measures built with economic indicators, the EU-SPI is constructed using only social and environmental indicators to better reflect societal development.

London, UK - The Urban Health Index

The Urban Health Index is the world's first health focused Social Progress Index. Developed in partnership with the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation the index was developed to assess the social progress of the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. The Urban Health Index provides information on 68 neighborhoods across the boroughs and includes the most recent data available. 

London, UK - Barking & Dagenham

With the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, we developed the first Social Progress Index at ward level. The tool has been used since 2016, it has been critical in effectively allocating resources. Through data-driven insights the Social Progress Index has enabled the borough to tackle issues that include domestic violence, homelessness and fuel poverty.

Iceland- Cognitio

Cognitio has been the local partner in Iceland for Social Progress Imperative (SPI) since 2016. Cognitio is a consulting agency focusing on business consulting and corporate event creation/design and management with emphasis on social responsibility.

Together, Cognitio and SPI, have developed and created the international summit, What Works Summit held 5 times in Iceland and next upcoming will be held in Alberta in Canada in May 2022. Cognitio together with its strategic partner, Intellecon, has been leading the regional SPP project in Iceland, Social Project Portrait, Framfaravogin since 2017.  Framfaravogin focus on social improvements and progress where the other components than economic assets are considered. The Municipalities participating on the development team are: Kópavogur, Reykjanesbær and Sveitarfélagið Árborg.

Trnava region, Slovakia: district level SPI

APOS is a civic association that actively participates in the creation of better public policy in the less developed regions of the Slovak Republic. APOS is most active in Trnava region where we are implementing a project aimed at the calculation of the Social Progress Index on the district level in order to improve the public policies based on the results of the Index. 

Together with our partner, Asociácia pre občiansku spoločnosť, we have created the first subnational Social Progress Index on a district level in Slovakia - for the districts of the Trnava Self-governing Region. Funded by the European Social Fund, this project is now in its final stage of implementation. The project’s main goal is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the region and findings solutions for future development based on the insights provided by SPI.

Košice region, Slovakia: district level SPI

The second implementation of Social Progress Index on a district level in Slovakia is currently taking place in the Košice Self-Governing region in the east of the country. For this project, funded by the European Social Fund, we teamed up directly with the self-governing region. The ultimate goal of this project is to foster societal development across districts of the region using findings based on SPI.


The European Commission (DG REGIO) launched a multi-region pilot project “Measuring What Matters to EU Citizens: Social progress in the European Regions” to encourage regions to empirically test how the EU- SPI could be used to improve policy-making, in particular for policies supported by EU cohesion policy. Case studies documented that participants across 10 EU regions found the Social Progress Index useful in measuring progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Upcoming projects in Europe

Bratislava region, Slovakia: district level SPI

To develop Social Progress Index for districts of the capital city’s region in Slovakia, we partnered with Erudio. The project has now entered its computational phase. The results should be available in January 2022

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council is developing a social progress index for its 33 wards. The Leeds SPI is set to be released by the end of 2021.

City of Warsaw

The Social Progress Imperative is working with the City of Warsaw to develop a Social Progress Index for the 18 districts of Warsaw. The Warsaw districts SPI is expected to be launched in the first half of 2022

Regions of Italy

SPI, Deloitte Italy and the Attua Foundation are working together to develop a Social Progress Index, which was commissioned by the Council of Ministers, for the 20 NUTS2 region of Italy.

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