Oxfam Humankind Index: The new measure of Scotland's Prosperity, second results

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Last year, Oxfam Scotland came up with the Oxfam Humankind Index, a new way of measuring what makes a good life. The aim of the index is to assess Scotland
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     2 CONTENTS Executive Summary...................................................................3 Introduction................................................................................4 The Development of the Humankind Index................................4 The Humankind Index for 2010/11.............................................6 Comparisons with Deprived Communities..................................8 Differences by Gender...............................................................11 Conclusions................................................................................13 Notes..........................................................................................14   3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This is the second report of the Oxfam Humankind Index for Scotland updating the first results published in April 2012. While the Index shows a marginal overall increase on last year  ’ s report (overall prosperity increased by 1.2% between 2009/10 and 2010/11) the overall impression is one of a society where prosperity is broadly flat. Within the sub-domains that make up the index there were positive and negative changes. Those contributing to Scotland’s prosperity included ‘i mproved self-assessed health ’ , ‘ feeling that you are safe ’  and ‘ being part of a community ’. However, continuing economic uncertainty and a fall in people’s satisfaction levels with dragged down Scotland’s prosperity. Given these changes are all relatively small however, the results should be interpreted with caution. The report shows that deprived communities continue to lag behind the rest of Scotland, although the gap has narrowed slightly from 11% to 10%. The report also includes a gender comparison for the first time. Despite women scoring slightly higher overall, men do better when it comes to areas such as feeling that you are safe, having enough money and financial security. Women score higher than men in areas such as relationships, skills and education, and being part of a community. Oxfam Scotland recognised in its first report that the Oxfam Humankind Index is not perfect. Good quality indicators remain a key area for development and we will seek to work with the Scottish Government and others to identify, and if necessary construct, better measures for the next report. In the meantime we hope this report will be used by policy makers and others as a baro meter of Scotland’s prosperity and to inform policy development. The sub-domains of the Humankind index reflect the priorities of the people of Scotland. As such, we hope they are considered in debates about forthcoming legislation, the Scottish Government Budget and S cotland’s constitutional future.    4 1 INTRODUCTION This is the second report of the Oxfam Humankind Index for Scotland, following publication of the first results in April 2012. The Oxfam Humankind Index is a new way of measuring the prosperity of Scotland over time, based on what communities across Scotland say is important to them in making a good life. The Oxfam Humankind Index was developed in the first place because, through its work with communities, Oxfam had come to believe that the model that dominates economic policy in the UK  –  increasing the amount of goods and services we produce and consume  –  was outdated and failed to address longstanding problems of poverty and inequality in our society. Oxfam continues to argue that chasing economic growth for its own sake is a misguided and inappropriate goal, because it pays insufficient attention to other key issues, such as health, housing, and job security. The development of the Oxfam Humankind Index shows that a new approach to measuring prosperity in Scotland is not only possible but desirable, moving beyond economic growth and increased consumption and looking instead at a broader range of factors that matter to people and communities. In this way, the Oxfam Humankind Index stands as one of the first attempts within the UK to develop a multi-dimensional measure of prosperity. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OXFAM HUMANKIND INDEX To develop the Oxfam Humankind Index, Oxfam Scotland initiated a large-scale consultation process in 2011 working with a range of stakeholders including the Craighead Institute, Northern Star and the new economics foundation. This was a multi-stage process that engaged almost 3,000 people across Scotland to arrive at a set of agreed priorities on what the people need to live well in their communities. We made a particular effort to reach out to seldom heard communities, those groups whose interests are so often marginalised in the formal policy making process and whose voices are absent from decisions that affect them. The final outcome of the consultation process is set out in Table 1 , which shows the broad range of key factors identified (called ‘ sub-domains ’ ) and a ‘ weight ’  for each: the higher the weight, the more important that sub-domain was seen to be in the consultation process; and the more important it is to the overall index. Chasing economic growth for its own sake is a misguided and inappropriate goal The Oxfam Humankind Index is one of the first attempts within the UK to develop a multi-dimensional measure of  prosperity We engaged almost 3,000  people, making a  particular effort to reach out to seldom heard communities, often marginalised in the formal  policy making process
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