In Ukraine, there are six and a half million young people (aged 10 to 24), or one sixth of the total population, who will soon begin defining the future of the entire country. Young people make decisions that affect both their own well-being and that of their families, communities and of the entire nation.

Societies that are focused on engagement of young people have more opportunities to thrive, while risks arising from the exclusion of young people from public life entail depopulation, stifled economic growth, deteriorating security situation, and disturbance of public peace. Therefore, all components of young people's well-being — education, employment, health, affordable housing, support for young families with children, social inclusion, security and law and order (according to the priorities reported by young respondents in the survey “Post-2015 Ukraine: The Future We Want”) — must be at the core of development policies and programs at all levels, and encourage investment in young people. As political and investment decisions in Ukraine become increasingly evidence-based, the country lacks data about the development and well-being of young people, and the available data are mainly scattered and inconsistent. Even when data are available, they are not analysed so as to create a cohesive image of how well young people live, to reflect their needs, wishes, expectations and orientation.

In fact, young people’s well-being and the way they perceive their own value to their families, communities and country, are some of the factors determining whether young people will stay where they live or look for better chances elsewhere. Therefore, without a deep understanding of those complex factors and without a consistent and constructive dialogue with young people, it would not be possible to build a happy and prosperous community, city or country where girls and boys are able to reach their full potential, freely express themselves, enjoy respect for their views, and live in dignity, without poverty, discrimination and violence.

One of the gravest problems of youth policy and programme work is the lack of a framework approach that is evidence-based combination of theory and practice. Young age is a period of significant physical, mental and emotional transformations, but quantitative and comparative evaluations of young people’s growth, development and well-being are not fully available. To address this gap in data, international researchers have initiated calculating indicators to evaluate well-being and development of young people. At the international level, the most prominent tools of that kind are the Global Youth Development Index and the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, which collect and analyse data on dozens of youth-related indicators in such areas as education, health, employment and economic opportunities, political and social participation, access to information and communication technologies, security and order.

While these indicators are well suited for global analysis, international comparisons and monitoring of progress at national level, the proposed methodology can be further developed into a practical planning and tracking tool at the

local level. The availability of such an instrument will be of particular importance to Ukraine, where decentralization reform is taking place and municipalities are developing and implementing their local youth policies and programs. Tracking local progress on youth indicators provides a more informed policy-making process, encourages greater attention to results, intensifies efforts for a more transparent and accountable youth policy decision-making process, illuminates arguments on budgetary priorities and promotes governance results.

To determine the Municipal Youth Well-Being Index for Ukraine (YWBI), the authors of the methodology proceeded from an analysis of the world experience of identifying the most important aspects of life and well-being of youth, youth development trends, methods of youth well-being, as well as their own assessment of available data on various aspects at the municipal level. As a result of this work, the authors identified 49 primary indicators, which are grouped by 7 important blocks:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Economic opportunities
  • Participation in political life
  • Participation in public life
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Security and order

The methodology for calculating the YWBI is the same for all cities, which allows to compare indexes between cities.

Who is it for?

For local authorities. YWBI is a simple tool for monitoring and assessing the well-being of young people in specific city. Now YWBI already operates in Lviv, Kremenchug and Mykolaiv. Any city can use the developed methodology and platform for polls. Contact us for this!

For youth. It is a convenient opportunity to be engaged in dialogue with the authorities, provide feedback and participate in decision-making process at the city level.

For the media and NGOs in cities. Index data assesses the success of the city's youth policy.

For local business. The platform, where young people are interviewed by YWBI, has the ability to post promo codes from local companies. That is, each participant receives discounts on goods or services in their city after completing the survey. By becoming a partner of the City's Youth Well-Being Index, a local company has the opportunity to provide discounts on their services or products, and in return receive potential buyers.

Interested in a project? Join!

If you are a representative of a city and would like to deploy a platform and evaluate the Youth Well-Being Index in your city, please contact us. Just email us with the note "Youth Well_being Index" at: ukraine.office@unfpa.org!

If you are a business representative and your business is affiliated in the cities where the Youth WelL-Being Index was launched and you want to become a partner, then you can contact directly the City Council or write to us with the note "Youth WelL-being Index" by email: ukraine.office@unfpa.org. We will get in touch you with a responsible person in your city.

If you are an active young person and want your city's well-being assessed and to become a decision-maker then email us with the Youth Ambassador note to mail: ukraine.office@unfpa.org and we tell you about the next steps!