Indicator Labs

Target Audience

Representatives of statistics organisations such as Eurostat, national/regional statistics offices and the OECD


Following the idea of co-creation and active engagement, the Indicator Labs aim at the collaborative elaboration of indicator sets to measure the economics of social innovation and their integration into National Accounts through scoping, developing, feedback and refinement.


The above audience is invited to participate in a first indicator lab which is dedicated to the reflection of requirements for social innovation indicators drawn from the Go to Indicator Setsgap analysis.

Addressing statistical experts from different countries, the second lab will focus on the possibilities of integrating social innovation indicators into National Accounts. The laboratory will comprise the four activities of scoping, developing, feedback and refinement.

  • 1 Scoping activities will select appropriate dimensions for extending National Accounts to incorporate social innovations. These dimensions may include adding social innovation-relevant sectors (e.g. civil society), beyond GDP indicators to better measure welfare and the contribution of social innovations to it, or the inclusion of goods/services that are not marketable (i.e. voluntary work) but highly relevant in various stages of social innovations. The laboratory participants will be provided with relevant literature on e.g. SNA-framework, accounting for intangible capital, etc.
  • 2 Based on the results of the scoping activities, SIMPACT partners will develope a proposal for a model that integrates social innovation into National Accounts, with a focus on the dimension chosen during the scoping activities.
  • 3 In favour of «proof of concept», a feedback exercise will take place in conjunction with the relevant national statistical bureaus. The goal is to collect pros and cons of the requirements and revise it based on the feedback exercise. The outcomes will be summarised in a Statistics Brief, which clarifies the requirements and its assumptions as well as pros and cons of integration into national accounts.

The outcomes of the indicator lab plus the results of the other work packages will feed into the refinement of the requirements for SI indicators.

Basic Information


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    System of National Accounts (SNA)

    The SNA is the internationally agreed standard set of recommendations on how to compile measures of economic activity in accordance with established accounting conventions based on economic principles. It allows economic data to be compiled and presented in a format that is designed for purposes of economic analysis, decision-taking and policy-making.

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    Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

    The GDP is a measure of economic activity in a country. It is calculated by adding the total value of a country's annual output of goods and services.