Measuring human development: a primer - guidelines and tools for statistical research, analysis and advocacy

Measuring human development: a primer - guidelines and tools for statistical research, analysis and advocacy

Statistical principles for evidence based policy recommendations and the production of human development reports

The human development approach represents a simple yet powerful idea: putting people at the centre of development. It is about enlarging people’s choices and freedoms to live a long and healthy life, have access to knowledge and a decent standard of living, and participate in communities with dignity and self-respect. [adapted from authors]

This primer on measuring human development is intended as a reference tool that provides guidance on statistical principles for producing evidence-based policy recommendations and quality human development reports (HDRs). It is aimed at HDR teams, as well as other practitioners working together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), human rights and broader human development objectives.

Chapters include:

  • Statistical principles in human development analysis
  • Select dimensions of measuring human development
  • Advocating for change with human development data
Each chapter includes country illustrations, checklists, tools and resources.