Understanding your results

Follow these guidelines to help you understand and interpret your scorecard and results page. For more information on how we devise the scoring system see our full methodology.

All Thriving Places Index scores range from 0-10. The scores are colour coded for quick interpretation:

  • Key

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

Scores less than 3.5 are red.
Scores between 3.5 and 4.5 are orange.
Scores between 4.5 and 5.5 are yellow.
Scores between 5.5 and 6.5 are pale green.
Scores greater than 6.5 are dark green.

Red and orange indicate a low score. Yellow indicates an average score. Pale and dark green indicate higher scores.

Headline Elements

On the results page for each local authority, you will see a ‘snail’:

The snail displays the local authority’s score on the three headline elements: Local Conditions, Sustainability, and Equality.

The snail gives you a headline snapshot of how well your local authority is creating the conditions for wellbeing to flourish and doing so in a sustainable way that benefits everyone equally. The ‘snail’ displays a score between 0.00 and 10.00 for each of the three headline elements


The snail provides a quick snapshot of Thriving Places Index (TPI) scores. To get a more accurate picture of how well a local authority is creating the conditions for people to thrive, look at the scorecard:

The scorecard displays scores from 0-10 for all three levels of the TPI: Headline Elements, Domains and Subdomains.

Headline Element Local Conditions is made up of 5 Domains: Place and Environment, Mental and Physical Health, Education and Learning, Work and Local Economy, and People and Community. These domains taken as a whole cover all the key aspects of place-based life that a local authority needs to pay attention to within wellbeing policy.

We then further breakdown these Domains into Sub-domains, which adds further nuance and depth to the TPI. For example, ‘Place and Environment’ has within it four sub-domains - local environment, transport, safety and housing. The score next to Place and Environment on your scorecard is an average of the scores of each of the four sub-domains. You can also see the score for each of the four sub-domains. This hierarchy applies to each of the Domains within Local Conditions.

Sub-domain scores are the deepest level of detail available on your scorecard. Sub-domains are comprised of a number of indicators which capture data on various aspects of that sub-domain. Sub-domains that are made up of a single indicator are starred on the example scorecard above. For more information on the structure and content of the TPI see our full English upper tier Indicator list. If you wish to access the raw data and calculation spreadsheet for your local authority there is a small charge for this - please contact us.

Local Conditions comprises domains and sub-domains as a way of structuring and ordering a large amount of information in an easily accessible way and to enable local authorities to see the patterns of their strengths and weakness more easily. Our two other headline elements Sustainability and Equality are not broken down into domains, as they don’t currently comprise so many indicators. Both are solely made up of sub-domains.

Note that, in general, the scorecard shows averages of indicator scores, as sub-domains are typically made up of more than one indicator. Some sub-domains are made up of single indicators. See our full methodology for more details.

Want to compare your scores with other local authorities?

Using the search option on your results page, you can compare up to three other local authority scorecards with your own.

This enables you to compare TPI scores with other local authorities of your choice. If you want to look at the results for a two-tier county council, the lower tier authority results page also enables you to access the scorecards for all the district councils within the upper tier area.

Please read our short guide to 2019 updates before you do this.