The OECD has been at the forefront of this movement through its Better Life Index but governments of all sizes, at both the national and sub national level and across the world have been establishing wellbeing frameworks to measure progress and prioritise resources. Examples include Toronto, Rome, Southern Denmark and Newcastle.

Wellbeing frameworks aim to understand social progress in the round and don’t prioritise one outcome above others. Wellbeing frameworks typically use sub categories or ‘domains’ of wellbeing to help users navigate the framework (often expressed as inter-related outcomes or aims) and outcome indicators to measure progress. Progress is often communicated visually e.g. through a dashboard of indicators.