UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


The Prosperity Index

The IGP's Prosperity Index is designed to encapsulate meaningful data at a level that makes sense to communities, and which can be relayed back to government for policy-making

People talking in street

The IGP's citizen-led Prosperity Index measures what matters to the prosperity of local communities. Most indicators and metrics are decided by experts in government, universities or business, and assumed to be relevant to communities everywhere. The Prosperity Index is different. Based on extensive research carried out by Citizen Scientists and involving people living and working in neighbourhoods, the Prosperity Index reports on factors that local people say support prosperity and quality of life in their neighbourhoods.

The Prosperity Index has been developed to help decision makers and communities to understand what prosperity means and identify strategies for local action. It is a new way of bringing local priorities to decision-making; it is a method that has been piloted in east London and has since been used by teams in Kenya and Lebanon as part of a larger agenda for developing sustainable ways to improve the quality of life of people throughout the world. 

East London

The UK’s first citizen-led Prosperity Index measures what matters to the prosperity of local communities in London. the Index reports on 15 headline indicators that people living and working in five east London neighbourhoods identified as important to their prosperity. The 15 headline indicators are based on the results of extensive qualitative research led by citizen scientists and involving residents, community groups, local politicians and public agencies. The research asked what prosperity means to people and what supports and prevents people and local communities from thriving. The Prosperity Index for London is compiled from specially-commissioned household survey data, which compares local experience to the average for Greater London. It is is a new way of bringing local priorities to decision-making; a method that has been piloted in east London and can be applied to communities around the UK.

Read more about the London Prosperity Index on the London Prosperity Board website


Prosperity Gains and Inclusive Growth explores what prosperity means for people in Lebanon and how it can be achieved in the context of large-scale displacement in an inclusive way that benefits all residents. The research developed in this theme will be used to develop innovative tools and frameworks which residents can use to monitor the prosperity and quality of life in their community. 

The Prosperity Team leads scientific research on wellbeing and its challenges in local neighbourhoods. We adopt a participatory approach where data collected by Citizen Scientists is used to develop urban interventions that address their own community’s needs and create positive change in the neighbourhood.

Find out more on the RELIEF website


The Prosperity Index for Kenya is based on alternative prosperity metrics that are co-designed with communities in Kenya to reflect local conditions and priorities. The work takes place in Nairobi and Elgeyo-Marakwet County and brings a diversity of voices and perspectives to the design of practical projects, policy and efforts to measure changes to prosperity over time.


The Prosperity Index for Tanzania is being developed with the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) and a team of citizen scientists in Dar es Salaam.  

The research focuses on understanding and measuring pathways to prosperity from the perspectives of people living in informal settlements.  Dar es Salaam is one of Africa's fastest growing urban centres and current estimates suggest that 70 per cent of city residents live in unplanned or informal settlements.   

The Prosperity Index for Tanzania aims to reflect the realities of urban life and to bring a diversity of voices and experiences to urban policymaking.

This work is part of the Knowledge in Action for Urban Equality (KNOW) project https://www.urban-know.com


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