The Social Progress Index is the only measurement tool to comprehensively and systematically focus exclusively on the noneconomic dimensions of social performance across the globe with transparent and actionable data.
- Overall, social progress is advancing across the world. Since 2014, the world average increased from 62.16 to 64.47, and there has been improvement on eight of 12 social progress components.
- Despite this overall progress, Personal Rights have regressed since 2014, and there has been stagnation in the areas of Personal Safety, Access to Basic Knowledge and Inclusiveness.
- 137 of 149 countries register an improved social progress score since 2014, with several countries, including The Gambia, Nepal, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia demonstrating particularly notable improvement.
- With that said, there are important negative outliers. Most notably, the United States has dropped from 84.74 to 83.62 over time, experiencing both an absolute and relative decline.