Centre for Metrics

Our Centre for Metrics team creates indexes and datasets purposefully designed to support leaders around the world to develop policy solutions that build greater prosperity for all


Under the leadership of Dr Stephen Brien and Shaun Flanagan, the Legatum Institute has created a world-class Centre for Metrics that provides clear, accurate metrics that enable leaders to make well informed decisions. Our high quality metrics provide the foundations upon which we build our analysis, our ability to convene and, ultimately, our impact.

The Legatum Prosperity Index™

The Legatum Prosperity Index is the only global index that measures national prosperity based on institutional, economic, and social wellbeing. It assesses the performance of 167 countries across 12 pillars, underpinned by 65 policy-focused elements, to provide a comprehensive and holistic picture of prosperity. The Index is designed to be a transformational tool that leaders around the world can use to help set their agendas for growth and development, and that others can use to hold them to account.

African Prosperity

Our African Prosperity programme aims to shift the debate about the continent’s challenges and opportunities. Using the global Prosperity Index framework, we are tracing the legacy of prosperity across Africa to identify common factors propelling those countries that have made the greatest progress over the years and highlight the potential opportunities for other nations to embrace good practices.

Central and Eastern European Prosperity

Over the last the last 30 years the rise in prosperity across Central and Eastern Europe has been truly remarkable. But as convergence with Western Europe has slowed over the last decade, serious questions now loom. The region’s long-term wellbeing is dependent on creating the conditions that develop, attract, and – crucially – retain highly skilled citizens. Our Central and Eastern European Prosperity programme examines how the region’s nations can generate the growth and opportunities required to create the pathways to future prosperity.

United States Prosperity

Our United States Prosperity programme is focused on developing a comprehensive picture of prosperity for all 50 states of the U.S. as well as Washington D.C. It seeks to understand why the United States’ undeniable long-term economic success is not translating fully into social wellbeing. The U.S. Prosperity Index allows comparison between the states and regions, offering new insight to show where targeted policy interventions could help every state become more prosperous.

The Social Metrics Commission

The Social Metrics Commission is an independent Commission on poverty in the UK, hosted by the Legatum Institute and chaired by CEO Philippa Stroud. It is dedicated to helping policymakers and the public better understand poverty and tackle it more effectively by developing a new approach to poverty measurement that reflects the nature and experiences of poverty individuals and families across the UK face.