Media impact

The table below shows the impacts of different alternative indicators in different types of media.

The most popular international indicators from a media impact perspective are the Human Development Index (HDI) and Ecological Footprint (EF). Both indicators offer a compelling theme that can be easily understood and conveyed by the media. Despite having methodologies that are far from simple, both have also succeeded in illustrating a complex reality using a single figure that enables easy comparison between countries and straightforward trend monitoring.

Media impact table

Level of impact

Indicator/ Initiative

Total number of results

Experts media

Public media

International

Better Life Index (OECD)

103

21

82

Domestic Material Consumption

31

27

4

Ecological Footprint

8,596

2,598

5,998

Eurostat set of sustainability indicators

15

13

2

Genuine Progress Index

527

212

315

Gross Domestic Product

589,660

120,744

468,916

Happy  Life Years

47

29

18

Human Development Index

12,997

4,677

8,320

Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW)

221

131

90

Societal Progress Indicators and Responsibilities for All (SPIRAL)

0

0

0

UN CSD sustainable development  indicators

28

28

0

National

DEFRA sustainable development indicators

4

2

2

Gallup-Healthway Well-being Index

646

143

503

Gross National Happiness

2,368

353

2,015

Measuring National Well-being Programme (UK)

14

0

14

Local

Jacksonville Community Indicators

0

0

0

Regional Index on Alternative Quality of Life Indicators (QUARS)

31

15

16