A 2015 article by McGregor, Coulthard, and Camfield suggests changes in how we develop and evaluate the effectiveness of various policies and programs. While authors contend that "there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in and initiatives to develop measures of human well-being as a yardstick of societal progress." and suggest that using solely economic measures of progress are inadequate and results in misguided. "The focus on income measures encourages an unbalanced focus on economic growth and policies that, at their worst, have proven to be unsustainable, unequal and not poverty-reducing. In order to assess whether societal development equates with progress we need measures that tell us whether development is improving human well-being or not."
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