Global Change and Quality of Life Indicators

  • Richard J. EstesEmail author
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 60)


Global, national, and community quality of life (CQOL) indicators have a rich history in American and European social science research history since at least 1900. The primary purpose of this body of research has been to provide knowledge-based approaches to “community” intervention (variously defined to include neighborhoods, cities, provinces and states, nations, and othermajor geo-political regions). This chapter discusses the rich history of the social indicator and social reporting movements in Europe and the United States in utilizing social indicators and social reporting to: (1) advance quality of life theory, research, and practice; (2) explore the uses of social indicators and social reporting in identifying the nature, extent and severity of new and emerging social needs at various levels of political organization; (3) organize people and institutions to respond more effectively to those needs; and, (4) establish baseline measures against which CQOL current and future successes and failures can be assessed.


Social indicators Social reporting History Community quality of life (CQOL) Intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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