Progress Index


Multiple factors drive progress and there are many types of indexes to measure them.


Indexes that measure general progress:

'The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions.' http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-index-hdi

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. http://www.socialprogressimperative.org/


Health Index measures life expectancy at birth. http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/health-index

Indexes measuring Creative and Critical Thinking (Education, Freedom to criticise ideas etc):

The Education Index is calculated using Mean Years of Schooling and Expected Years of Schooling. http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/education-index 

World Press Freedom Index measures the degree of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries. https://rsf.org/en/ranking

The total number of patents granted each year is a simple index measuring innovation. http://ipstats.wipo.int/ipstatv2/index.htm

Indexes measuring the application of ideas and creation of progress:

Gross Domestic Production Index measures the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year. https://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?queryid=60702

Corruption Perception Index classifies corruption as 'the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs. http://www.transparency.org/

The Human Freedom Index measures various dimensions of the freedom to people to interact with one another. https://www.cato.org/human-freedom-index