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The Child Well-Being Index (CWI)

The objective of the project is to develop and visualise a Child Well-Being Index with the aim of simplifying monitoring of child well-being and their quality of life. The index’s design and choice of its domains follow the latest normative and theoretical guidelines in this field. They stress that multidimensional socio-economic phenomena such as well-being cannot be explained by only one dimension or one indicator but should instead be presented by an index representing the proxy of the phenomenon – a single value. As such, the Child Well-Being Index simplifies the assessment of child well-being, enables the identification of trends and international comparisons and is an invaluable part of monitoring life outcomes of children nationally and cross-nationally. It provides more efficient identification of issues in certain domains and, consequently, more appropriate policy response.

 

The Child Well-Being Index (CWI) – also calculated individually for girls and boys – is a composite measure of the following domains’ average values: material well-being, health and safety, behaviours and risks, education, housing and environment, family and peer relationships and subjective well-being. A score on a scale from 0 to 100 is attributed to each country, 0 indicating a low score and 100 a high score. The Child Well-Being Index comprises 31 indicators. The Child Well-Being Index comprises 31 indicators.

 

The web visualisation of the Child Well-Being Index establishes a clear line between child well-being outcomes and the social, economic and public policy context in which these outcomes occur. Analysis of the correlation between such context and child well-being is therefore possible. Social and economic context is understood in very complex terms. It comprises of several indicators ranging from average child income, risk of poverty in households with low work intensity, the Gini coefficient and GDP to several international well recognised indices such as those on human development (UNDP) and social progress (Social Progress Imperative). The website also allows the grouping of selected countries according to their characteristics: for example the type of welfare state, prevalent type of family policy, the time of joining the EU, etc. This again enables the analysis of differences and similarities in child well-being outcomes in different countries with regard to their socio-economic context facilitating evidence-based policy making.

 

The development and visualisation of the Child Well-Being Index is a project of the Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia designed in cooperation with Virostatiq. The project is financed by Unicef and Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.