Sizing up Covid-19: How Data Can Help Us Build Back Better

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The novel Coronavirus has done more than expose weak toilet paper supply chains and the real cost of childcare; it has undermined traditional measures of success, emphasizing the need for inclusive responses that go beyond one-dimensional benchmarks such as unemployment rates and GDP. The first outbreak was documented[1] in Wuhan, Hubei province, People’s Republic of … Continue reading Sizing up Covid-19: How Data Can Help Us Build Back Better

What Toilet Paper Shortages Can Tell Us About Social Progress During a Global Pandemic

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The novel Coronavirus has left empty shelves in stores and markets around the world. Canned food, water, and non-perishable items among the first to go. However, no one expected that the shelves would also be wiped clean of toilet paper, an inexpensive and normally readily available product. From America to Australia, people have had trouble … Continue reading What Toilet Paper Shortages Can Tell Us About Social Progress During a Global Pandemic

The Real Cost of Housing During a Global Pandemic

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In addition to schools being closed, markets running out of toilet paper and the need to wear facial coverings, the world is also facing a crisis in housing and shelter due to the novel coronavirus. Residents and landlords are financially struggling, and the social distancing and quarantine procedures that are needed to slow the spread … Continue reading The Real Cost of Housing During a Global Pandemic

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The Real Cost of Childcare During a Global Pandemic

Beyond the shortness of breath, inability to taste, and risk of death experienced by those who contract Covid-19, there are tremendous hidden costs that impact the day to day lived experience of people around the world. While some of the costs of the novel Coronavirus are readily evaluated by traditional economic measures of success—such as … Continue reading The Real Cost of Childcare During a Global Pandemic

Announcing the South Africa Youth Progress Index

The Social Progress Index Framework, including the indicators used for the South Africa Youth Progress Index Last week, our partners at IQ Business released the South Africa Youth Progress Index (YPI): the first subnational tool which evaluates the current state of youth based on non-economic and outcome-based measures from 2013 to 2018. The YPI uses … Continue reading Announcing the South Africa Youth Progress Index

The Voices of Our Youth: Social Progress Stories in the Era of Covid-19

In times of tumult the world often looks to the next generation, those most affected by, and most likely to solve, impending crises. In the midst of the global pandemic the world’s youth offer hope. They are inventing new games that can be played within the confines of their home, learning from teachers on a … Continue reading The Voices of Our Youth: Social Progress Stories in the Era of Covid-19

Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

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We are deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd, the latest tragic illustration of the racial disparities in the US. And even as people march in solidarity in cities around the world, Americans’ rights to free speech and assembly are being threatened. The Social Progress Index has documented the decline of rights and inclusiveness … Continue reading Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

Announcing the First-Ever Australian Social Progress Index

The very first Australian Social Progress Index  (SPI) was released in late February of this year in conjunction with our partners at the Centre for Social Impact. It maps the social progress of the eight states and territories of Australia, the largest country in Oceania. We are elated to support the provision of social performance … Continue reading Announcing the First-Ever Australian Social Progress Index