The Sustainable growth index (SGI) ranks the local authority areas according to their average score across six different categories (baskets). Using these rankings, the SGI seeks to define and measure the components that create successful places.
Each basket is effectively an index in its own right, based on a set of specifically selected economic, social or environment data sets (indicators) that are nationally available and aims to answer a specific question:
1 Prosperity – Are we producing wealth and creating jobs?
2 Dynamism and opportunity – Are we developing an entrepreneurial and innovative culture to drive future growth?
3 Inclusion and equality – Are individuals benefiting from economic growth?
4 Health, wellbeing and happiness – Are our people living healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyles?
5 Resilience and sustainability – Are we creating places that people want to live in and are not damaging our natural environment?
6 Community, trust and belonging – Are people engaged with their community and living lively and creative cultural lives?
More detail on the methodology for this index can be found on Grant Thornton's website.