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MAKSWELL project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, proposes to extend and harmonise the indicators able to capture the main characteristics of the beyond-GDP approach proposing a new framework that includes them in the evaluation of the public policies. The main goals of the project can be summarized in the following four objectives:
  • Building up a database for a wide set of EU countries that selects and harmonizes the national framework on well-being as well as the available SDG indicators. Attention will be paid to the micro-macro approach derived inside the national account framework and to the opportunities for extending the SNA beyond GDP;
  • Improving the database both in relation to the timeliness and to the integration with big data measures and the methodologies able to reach these extensions;
  • Extending the geographical dimension especially focusing on the possible estimates of people vulnerability either looking at the measurement of poverty and inequality or to the measurement of regional inflation;
  • Using the extended database for policy evaluation at macro level and for building up two comprehensive pilot studies for Italy and Hungary.


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26 Februar 2020: ASviS presents a report on the relationship between the Budget Law 2020 and Sustainable Development in Italy

The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) turns back on the issues about the Agenda 2030 and next February 26th will present the document "The Budget Law 2020 and sustainable development ".
The independent study assesses the impact of the provisions of the Budget Law on the different dimensions of sustainable development, in order to understand how the measures launched by the government affect collective well-being. The aim is to verify whether Italy has started to address its choices in favor of sustainability leading our country on a path of sustainable development.
Furthermore, the document will provide a focus on the 21 Targets of the 2030 Agenda expiring in 2020: at what point is Italy, and what were the reasons that did not allow us to achieve what had been set in September 2015?

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Bes report 2019 by Istat: equitable and sustainable well-being in Italy. MAKSWELL project quoted in its introduction

Reaching the 7th edition,  since it was first issued by Istat in 2013, the Bes Report presented on 19 December 2019 offers an integrated picture of the main economic, social and environmental phenomena characterizing the Italian country, through the analysis of a wide set of indicators divided into 12 domains.

It’s with a touch of pride that we want to emphasize the reference of MAKSWELL project in the introduction of the document as an example of activity in order to focus more and more the attention to the improvement of the territorial representativeness of some indicators, in particular those on income and poverty.
The publication can be fully downloaded here (in Italian only) but details on the Report are available also in English here.


5 December -World Soil Day: interesting initiative in Italy

On the occasion of the World Soil Day, on next 5 December, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers hosts the conference "#SOS Suolo. Giornata Nationale del Suolo". Objective: bringing back to the Italian level the debate on soil and sustainable management of its resources, sharing its urgency, particularly with the youngest. A focus will be devoted to the priorities of the European Commission on the subject and to the process of creating the "Healthy Soil and Food" Mission in Horizon Europe. The progressive degradation of soils caused by human activity is indeed leading to disastrous effects: loss of biodiversity, reduction of well-being for 3.2 billion people, negative impacts on 10% of the global annual gross product.

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OECD Better Life Initiative: Workshop on 3-4 October, Paris

On 3-4 October the international workshop "Putting Well-being Metrics into Policy Action" will take place in Paris, in OECD premises. The workshop will explore the policy uptake of multidimensional dashboards of well-being, inclusiveness and sustainability indicators. It will also focus on how practical policy mechanisms could be adapted to apply this evidence on a more systematic basis.
Attachment: Full Programme

Presentation of the report on Sustainable Development Goals state of art in Italy by ASVIS

A relevant occasion to analyze the progress of Italy towards the achievement of the 17 Objectives of the 2030 Agenda is being offered by ASVIS (Alliance for Sustainable Development), which will present the report “L’Italia e gli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile” on 4th October in the Auditorium – Parco della Musica premises, Rome.

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Statistical Week in Trier: MAKSWELL session on Friday 13th

The Statistical Week, jointly organised by the German Statistical Society (DStatG), the German Association for Demography (DGD), the Union of the German Municipal Statisticans (VDSt) and the Italian Statistical Society (Istat), this year will be hosted by University of Trier from  10 to 13 September.

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62nd ISI World Statistics Congress

The 62nd ISI WSC will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 18 to 23 August 2019. The congress, jointly organized by the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in collaboration with the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (DOSM), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Malaysia Institute of Statistics (ISM) will represent a unique event that will bring together about 2,500 delegates, comprising statistical researchers, academia, industry practitioners, analysts and policymakers, from all over the world to share insights on development in statistical science and to advance application of statistics for discovery, innovation and decision making.

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MAKWELL @ ISQOLS Conference 2019

Alessandra Tinto and Barbara Baldazzi, as representative of MAKSWELL research team of Istat, gave each a presentation in the Parallel Session #9 scheduled on 7th September within the 17th edition of the ISQOLS Conference which took place in Granada, Spain, from 4 to 7 September 2019. Both mentioned the relevant work made by the project on the stocktaking of well-being and sustainability frameworks.

Presentations are available clicking on the “Events” page here.


MAKSWELL 2nd Workshop: presentations now available

The presentations given at the 2nd Workshop of MAKSWELL as satellite event at NTTS2019 Conference in Brussels are now available within the event’s page. Look at them to know what topics were addressed. You can also follow them watching the streaming of the meeting always active here.


MAKSWELL as satellite event at NTTS19: webstreaming and final Programme

On 15 March 2019 follow live from 9:00 a.m. the 2 Workshop of MAKSWELL Project through this link!

Give a look to the final programme available below.

More information about the general conference of NTTS 2019 here.

Attachment: MAKSWELL satellite event Agenda.


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