ABSTRACT

Among the several “movements” of the past decade, one of the more interesting and durable is the social indicators movement. In an effort to cope with the increasing complexities of social planning, as well as with the increasing militancy of the socially disadvantaged, practitioners and academics have sought to develop more effective tools for the planning, executing, and evaluating of social policy. Central to that enterprise has been the effort to convert many of the vague notions associated with “quality of life” into more precise and operational language. As a result, we now have quantitative indicators which are designed to tap or reflect not only such tangible conditions as “full employment” or “national product,” but more elusive conditions such as the job satisfaction, health care, educational achievement, and environmental quality of a given population.