The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS), Executive Yuan, has been authorized to gather the data on all social aspects in order to publish the “Social Indicators Yearbook” since 1979, which was adopted from the framework of “the System of Social and Demographic Statistics, SSDS” released by the United Nations, providing the comprehensive social indicator statistics. Since 2006, the yearbook has been revised to contain analyses of social issues as well as data providing, and based on the “Frameworks for Social Indicators” released by DGBAS, which introduces the criterions for indicator selection and the relevance among indicators. The yearbook covers nine main subjects: population, family, health, education and research, employment, income and expenditure, housing and living environment, public safety, and culture and leisure, and three supplemental subjects: transportation and communications, social security, and social participation.
In recent years, concerns have been emerging on the development of comprehensive indicators to measure people’s well-being and social progress. The National Well-being Indicators (NWI) in the R.O.C (Taiwan) were initiated in 2012 and first released in August 2013. Hence, the yearbook was then revised as a special issue of National Well-being Indicators, while the statistics tables of social indicators in the previous yearbooks were retained.
Owing to the national well-being indicators including social and economic aspects can serve as a window of social indicators, the Social Indicators Yearbook is renamed as National Well-being Indicators Yearbook from the current year (2014) to match the title with the content. The statistics tables of social indicators in the previous yearbooks are available in electronic format only and will not be printed in this yearbook.
Directorate-General of Budget,