The Happy City Index (HCI) prototype was developed by Happy City and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in collaboration with local, national and international experts. Between 2011-2014 we undertook widespread consultation and grassroots research into what was needed and what ‘mattered’ in local communities. This was followed in 2015 by the first version of the Index framework, criteria for indicator selection and the first full indicator set.

In 2016 a pilot was launched, publishing the data for the nine core English Cities. To find out about the original Framework and Methodology take a look here . Or explore the overall 2016 results in the Executive Summary Report here.

In 2017 we developed version 2 of the Index, renamed the Thriving Places Index, building on the feedback, learning and newest evidence, research and data availability, and gathered data for all upper-tier local authorities in England. See the Latest Results page for more

During 2018 adaptation work began on a Welsh version of the Index, using the different data and social context in the devolved nation. This will be launched in Spring 2018.

Who's Involved

The development of our Measurement and Policy work would not have been possible without incredible amounts of support – in the form of time, skills and money, from some inspirational people and organisations. We cannot list them all here, but here are a few of those who have helped get us here.

The Team

  • Ruth Townsley
  • Liz Zeidler
  • Saamah Abdallah
  • Sam Wren-Lewis
  • Dave Forman
  • Marc George
  • Helen Brown
  • Elsa Symons
  • Phoebe Harris
  • Grace Youell

Funders & Supporters

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Foundation
  • Tudor Trust
  • Triodos Bank
  • Greenhouse PR
  • Innovate UK
  • West of England LEP
  • B2015
  • Quartet Community Foundation

Partners & Advisory Board Members (past and present)

  • New Economics Foundation
  • What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • University of Bristol
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Swansea
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Public Health England
  • Happiness Works
  • Action for Happiness

For the answers to the most frequently asked questions about all our Measurement work go to our FAQs section here.