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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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Extension of the project’s duration to October 2020

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration of pandemia last 11th March with the sanitary emergency it has brought at international level, MAKSWELL Consortium has deemed necessary to ask to the European Commission for an extension of the project’s duration of 6 months, in order to accomplish to its last tasks in a qualified manner and bring the research activity to its proper conclusion. It got official approval by the EC and the amended version of the Grant Agreement entered into force on 6th May 2020. This means that some of the last research outputs of the project have been postponed as well as its Final Conference.

We invite you to keep always informed and updated about what’s going on in the project research activity, surfing in particular on the “Project output” and “Events” sections of the website and through its Twitter account.


European Research and Innovation Days from 22 to 24 September: get involved!

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic this year, the event will be fully online and takes place on 22-24 September 2020. By creating connections between cutting-edge scientific research and the most pressing challenges of a generation, the EU R&I Days represent a unique opportunity to join the conversation and enact real change.

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2 interesting initiatives worth mentioning related to MAKSWELL themes

Sustainable Development Festival organized by ASviS

The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) organizes from next 22 September to 8 October the Sustainable Development Festival over a period of 17 days, as many as the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. It represents a further step to encourage the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and constitutes a single widespread and inclusive event, comprising hundreds of events organized throughout the Italian national territory of Italy.

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Released by OECD the new edition of the web-tool “Compare your income”

The OECD has just released a new version of the web-tool “Compare your income” which allows users to check whether their perception of income inequality is in line with reality. With a few clicks they can see where they are placed in the national income distribution and share their views on how this should be distributed to determine income equality.

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Publication of the SDGs Report 2020 by Istat

On 14 May 2020 Istat released the third edition of the Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication takes place in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has accelerated the need for a unified vision capable of developing and implementing an appropriate strategy for economic, social and environmental development attentive to the interdependencies of the various aspects and oriented towards sustainability.

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Follow the interesting Emos webinar related to MAKSWELL theme next 18 June 2020: registration is free!

Due to COVID-19 sanitary emergency the already mentioned webinar organised by Eurostat within the EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics) programme "Beyond GDP: what have we accomplished so far?" held by Marco Mira d'Ercole from OECD, scheduled for May 5 has been postponed to Thursday, June 18 at 16:00 CET.

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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 ".

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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.
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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.

This annual meeting of DStatG has a rich programme containing plenary sessions being under a frame topic, lectures and a variety of contributed sessions. Among these last there is one dedicated to MAKSWELL project on Friday 13th starting at 9:00.

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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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