The Human Development Report Office has a new publication - Measuring Human Development: A Primer. This publication is a tool for all those working on sub-national, national and regional Human Development Reports (HDRs). This reference may also be useful to all professionals working on human development issues. It consists of guidelines and tools to support the production of quantitatively and qualitatively rigorous reports that support a process of evidence based policy making and advocacy.
Also available in: French, Russian and Arabic (at the bottom of this page)
The draft Primer was discussed on HDRStats-Net - view the discussion.
In addition, there are a number of ongoing efforts underway to address measurement and data support needs of national and regional HDR teams.
Human Development: From Theory to Practice
The Oxford/UNDP Human Development Training Course, last held in September 2008, contains a measurement segment addressing national and international statistical systems, social statistics for MDGRs and NHDRs and the computation, uses and limitations of the human development indexes. Use this link to view relevant presentations.
Regional Technical Workshop on Measuring HD
In response to the need for increased statistical support to HDR teams, UNDP proposes organizing a series of Regional Technical Workshops on Measuring Human Development starting with sub-Saharan Africa which aims to increase understanding on the use of statistics for human development policy planning. The Regional Technical Workshop will address issues related to the human development composite indices, use of statistics and indicators, methodological and data challenges, and ultimately to contribute to the ongoing evolution of human development indicators to better capture country-specific situations.
Human Development Statistics
HDR Statistics section of the web site
You can access data from the Human Development Report (HDR) and resources to help you better understand these data. You will also find information about the human development index and other indices, links to relevant background materials, data resources as well as: