About the Thriving Places Index framework

The Thriving Places Index framework measures the local conditions for wellbeing, and whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and sustainably. It consists of a broad set of indicators grouped into these three headline domains, from datasets produced by established national data agencies such as the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Public Health England (PHE) and the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The TPI is arranged into three headline elements:

These headline elements support a broad dialogue about whether an area is creating the conditions for people to thrive, within environmental limits and in a socially just way and help us to produce an easy to understand scorecard.

We then use a layered approach to drill down to the detail: within each headline element there are domains and sub-domains. We select indicators that we know measure, or provide a proxy for, something that is known to have an influence on subjective wellbeing. The indicator data topic must also be something that it is within the remit of a local area to influence through policy and action.

This layered approach helps make the breadth of information the TPI holds accessible to citizens and statisticians alike, and supports the cross-sector use of the framework as a roadmap for collaborative change.

Each local authority area has a unique scorecard and results page on the website where they can explore and compare their data.

You can use the TPI to

For more information on how Happy City can help you to use the TPI to drive change in your area, please contact us at thrivingplaces@happycity.org.uk