Youth Progress Index

Measuring young people's quality of life globally!

The Youth Progress Index is one of the first instruments developed to give the full story of what life is like for a young person today, independent of economic indicators. 

It brings together reliable, relevant data to give each country a score on how well different countries meet Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. 

By measuring these key criteria, the Youth Progress Index provides a unique insight into the progress countries are making to empower their young people and find out the answers to important questions. Are young people able to exercise their socioeconomic and political rights? Do they live in a community where they feel included and not discriminated against? Do they have sufficient food to eat? Do they have access to housing?

Explore on our brand new website
  • Discover our interactive world map
  • Read individual country scorecards 
  • Download the data
  • Find out more about the methodology


screenshot of the homepage of the youth progress index website. Homepage includes a map of the world, colour coded to show how well countries rank in the Index.

Youth Progress Index FAQs

Why focus on youth?

Young people always have, and always will have, their own experiences specific to this stage of life.

Today’s youth (over half of the world's population) are no exception and are facing incredible challenges and threats to their wellbeing. For the first time ever, they are at risk of being worse off than their parents. They are the most at risk of poverty and social exclusion. They are underrepresented in decision-making, and too often are prevented from being able to fully access their rights.

The European Youth Forum strives for a world where young people are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens. We need to build societies where political energy is not wasted, rights are upheld and young people have the necessary tools and resources to actively influence decision-making taking into account the planets’ limits and the wellbeing of future generations.

Why is data so important?

In an increasingly digitised society, data can be a huge source of power and influence. With the relevant, reliable data collected in this Youth Progress Index, we can provide opportunities for countries to share good practices, and assess the success of policy and public investment over time.

How can the Index be used?

The development of the Youth Progress Index enables public authorities, businesses, and civil society organisations to systematically identify and prioritise the most pressing needs of young people, remove barriers they face to their rights being upheld, and to provide the resources needed to shape a better society for youth. 

For youth civil society organisations, it can be used to complement advocacy with credible and reliable data, support campaigns as well as to prioritise areas of action and use of resources. It can support advocacy messaging by identifying and highlighting the challenges faced by young people in their communities. 

For young people more generally, the Youth Progress Index can be used to find information on how well a country performs on issues that have a real impact on their lives, and support demands for political action to improve their situation accordingly.

Need to get in touch?

General phone line: +32 2 793 75 20
fax: +32 2 893 25 80
Rue de l’Industrie, 10
1000 Brussels

More information here.