Estes Weighted Index of Social Progress

Richard J. Estes, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Social Policy in the School of Social Policy & Practice of the University of Pennsylvania (USA), has developed a quality of life metric at the country level (called the Weighted Index of Social Progress or WISP) and has reported the quality of life on many countries and world regions since the 1970s (click Show Sources below). Specifically, Professor Estes’ WISP is a composite index of quality of life at the country level. That is, the WISP index captures quality of life of the vast majority of the countries (countries that maintains social indicators data). The WISP consists of an overall composite score of each country (shown as an actual score varying from 0 to 100, ranks, and standard deviation from the mean). The overall index is made up of 10 subindices: education, health, women status, defense effort, economic, demography, environmental, social chaos, cultural cohesion, and welfare effort. Click on Brief Description below for a description of the WISP and its constituent indicators.

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Do-It-Yourself Instructions

  1. Select one of the three value modes. Rank mode displays country rankings, score mode displays the actual WISP scores, and standard deviations from mean mode displays the number of standard deviations from the mean based on the appropriate year and indicator.
  2. Choose the weights to use for each subindex and click the Choose Your Own Weights button to apply them to the table. The default weights are the weights used for calculating the weighted index of social progress (WISP).
  3. Filter countries based on country groupings below. Selecting and unselecting checkboxes in the show/hide groupings column allows you to quickly show or hide groups of rows. The show/hide rows column allows you to show or hide individual rows, including group averages.
  4. Click on countries in the table to form a selection set.
  5. Click on the Graph Selection button at the top of the table to provide a detailed comparison view.
  6. The dataset can be exported in as an Excel file using the Export Data. Export PDF will generate a pdf file. The set of charts exported is determined by the current indicator selected in the top left dropdown menu, and whether a selection has been made. Note that a selection is not considered complete until you select graph selection.
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Education Education Health Health
Women Status Women Status Defense Effort Defense Effort
Economics Economic Demography Demography
Environment Environmental Social Chaos Social Chaos
Cultural Diversity Cultural Diversity Welfare Effort Welfare Effort

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