BRAINPOoL (Bringing Alternative Indicators into Policy) is a project funded by the European Union FP7 funding stream, looking at the barriers to, and opportunities for the use of Beyond GDP indicators
in policy. During the course of the project (which runs from October 2011 to April 2014) we have been:
- cataloguing the reservoir of Beyond GDP indicators,
- identifying the factors which have made some initiatives more successful than others,
- exploring the demand, or lack of demand, for Beyond GDP indicators, and
- conducting seven case studies working with promoters of Beyond GDP indicators and the people who might use those indicators, to identify the barriers to their use and how these might be overcome.
In November 2013, a workshop
was held bringing together a unique combination of indicator promoters, policy-makers and other stakeholders to explore ways of accelerating the uptake of Beyond GDP indicators, and a road map
In March 2014, the project concluded with a final conference in Paris, which explored challenges and solutions for a Beyond GDP approach to policy making (not just Beyond GDP indicators). The conference focussed on the steps needed to tackle two of the central barriers we identified: developing techniques for helping address multiple goals and integrating different policy areas; and creating a Beyond GDP narrative which resonates and inspires confidence with the public. See the conference page for more details.
The BRAINPOoL project is now officially over, and we will be uploading the final deliverables (including final report) shortly. However, the workshop in Paris in March was such a success that project partners and attendees have committed to continuing to take the work forward, including specific actions that emerged in the workshop. We are currently exploring funding possibilities to do all this. So, if you are interested in how alternative indicators can support the transition to a sustainable and equitable economy that delivers high well-being, then stay tuned.
Posted by admin on April 2nd, 2014 under Uncategorized.