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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Measuring Social Well-Being

Measuring Social Well-Being

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(p.417) 63 Measuring Social Well-Being
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Lynne M. Healy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0063

Development has been a major emphasis of the international intergovernmental organizations and many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for five decades. Naturally, there is interest in assessing the degree of progress made. To what extent have the many development approaches and projects been successful in improving human well-being? How can human well-being and a country's state of development most appropriately be measured? This chapter discusses the development of indicators, measures, and indices that have been used to chart development progress or, sometimes, the lack of progress or improvement in the human condition. It concludes with a brief discussion of the challenges in collecting and verifying global data.

Keywords:   development projects, social work practice, development progress, human well-being

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