This Issue Brief analyses the strategic and political relevance of the report on the new indicators of wealth (NIW) through two questions: how do the dynamics of the NIW converge with the other commitments made by the French government, especially those on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And to what extent do these dynamics help to establish a real public policy evaluation exercise?

Key Messages

  • The report on the NIW needs to be published on the second Tuesday of October if it is to coincide with the annual review of the draft budget. Showcasing these indicators during the budget procedure will determine their political relevance and, thus, their potential appropriation by actors involved in public policy design and evaluation. Government efforts to institutionalise this reporting exercise therefore need to keep to this schedule.

The report on the NIW can contribute to:

  • aligning public policies, since the indicators help to identify convergences and divergences as well as potential synergies between objectives (economic and environmental sustainability, redistribution, employment, etc.);
  • reintroducing the long term into public action, in order to produce more sustainable, inclusive and qualitative public policies;
  • disseminating a new culture of public policy evaluation marked by transparency and accountability;
  • monitoring the French national strategy in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through indicators that largely converge with those of the SDGs.


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