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Principles for assigning components

  1. Identify the explicit meaning of the criterion: what is written in the criterion and what can be understood without reference to external factors, over-interpreting or attaching one’s own cultural references
  2. Identify the purpose of the criterion: the main factor referred to by the criterion in terms of well-being or ill-being (e.g. consequence, objective sought, etc.)
  3. Identify the stakeholders: who carries out the action and who or what does it address (the person expressing the criterion, other people, institutions, society in general)
  4. Role of the question: Consider the question to which the criterion is a response in order to understand the meaning of the criterion (especially for the third question)
  5. Assignment to a family: In accordance with these four elements and the table below, first identify the family which corresponds most closely to the criterion
  6. Assignment to the most general component: If there is doubt about the explicit meaning of the criterion, assign a more general component

The nine dimensions



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AAccess to essential ressources

A00Access to essential ressources in general

To have means of life, to be poor, to be rich

A01Food / drink

Access to food, drink, to a dietary regime (healthy, no GMOs, etc)

A02Healthcare and medicine

Access to medication, to different types of care, surgery, hospitals

A03Housing / furniture

Access to housing: houses, apartments and dependencies, furniture and equipment, connection to networks, heating, insulation


Access to clothing; clothes, shoes, fashionable clothing

A05Education / training

Access to education, school, high quality teaching, vocational training, ongoing training

A06Employment / work

Access to work, to employment, being unemployed

A07Leisure culture / sports activities

Access to leisure activities, holidays, relaxation, sport, culture, reading, cinema, music

A08Purchasing power / personal finance

Purchasing power, purchase price levels, savings, debt

A09Home care / personal services

Access to financial and material assistance, to personal services, institutional aid


Access to transport, public and private

A11Information / exchange

Access to information, newspapers, Internet, the different means of communication

BLiving environment

B00Living environment in general

Isolation, pleasant environment, secure and safe living environment in general, problematic environment


Pollution, dirt, waste, healthy environment, noise, other forms of pollution, traffic

B02Basic infrastructure

Roads, cycle tracks, pavements, road safety, communication networks, water, energy, houses, land, buildings, hospitals, schools, urban planning, maintenance and accessibility of infrastructure and networks

B03Services infrastructure

Shops, public offices, post offices, banks, reception centres, child-care facilities, local services

B04Meeting and leisure spaces

Parks, public places, common areas, playgrounds, all public places where people can meet up

B05Weather and natural phenomena

Sun, rain, temperature, natural local conditions, natural phenomena

B06Landscape and living spaces

Contact with nature, green areas, woodland, countryside, mountains, rivers, preservation and upkeep of the landscape

B07Production and work conditions

Farming practices, industrial practices (organic, non-intensive farming, less polluting industries)

CRelations with and between organisations

C00Relations with and between organisations in general

Existing and quality of the governments in general, institutions, political system and economical world in general

C01Fundamental rights/freedom of expression

Human rights, social rights, rule of law, recognition by the state, freedom of expression, right to strike

C02Functioning of justice

Justice, respect for the law, regulations, courts, judges, lawyers, prisons, sanctions, police officers, security services


Functioning of democracy, participation in decisions and evaluation, dialogue between institutions and citizens, political system


Communication by public and private organisations, consistency between promises and action, level of information, freedom of the press, integrity, quality and behaviour of the media

C05Organisation, management, finance

All matters relating to public territorial management and organisational functioning, management of public funds, simplification of rules and formalities, taxes, corruption, bureaucracy, public service

C06Access, information, contact

Reception, access to information, respect shown by public servants, facilitation of administrative procedures, information

C07Social Policy

Measures in the social sphere,support for the disadvantaged strata of society, guidelines for the "3rd sector", care

DPersonal relations

D00Personal relations in general

Having relationships, close friends; being alone, rejected, betrayed; being appreciated, listened to, understood, helped; being loved; getting on with the people around one; having good friends and neighbours

D01Couple / sentimental and sexual relationships

Having sexual and/or loving relationships, having a partner, being married, sharing one's life with someone else, quality of these relationships

D02Family life / family relations

Having a family, parents, family life, being close to one's family, ups and downs/joys of family life, family understanding, having a baby

D03Friends / relations with friends

Having friends, being able to count on friends, time spent with friends, reciprocal friendship

D04Relations within the neighbourhood

Having contacts/relations with neighbours, agreement/discord with neighbours, time spent in company of neighbours, calm neighbourhood

D05Relations at work

Relations with one's employer, colleagues, hierarchical relationships at work; being accepted, respected by colleagues, quality of relations at work (harmony at work, conflict/harassment, atmosphere)

D06Relations with animals

To have a pet, an animal to provide company, feelings towards pets, activities with pets, problems of pets

ESocial balance

E00Social balance in general

Happiness and sadness in the world, social cohesion, general balance in society, social achievements

E01Identities and values

Assertion and transmission of common and shared values (e.g. love, family, friendship), ethics, education in values, awareness of identity (culture, traditions, language, religion) and values

E02Knowledge, awareness and educational balance

General educational level of the society, openess in interests, collective sense of citizenship, democratic culture, societal progress processes

E03Equity and social mobility

Upward social mobility; equal opportunities; sharing of wealth; social injustice; famine, destitution, poverty

E04Social mix/insularity

Ghettoisation, cultural/ethnic segregation, isolation (social) lack of privacy, cultural cross-fertilisation, cultural openness, social classification, inter-generational actions, life in the community

E05Violence and peace

Peace, security, protection, kinship /war, violence, conflict, crime

E06Economic balance

Economic balance or imbalance, economic proposals and alternatives; crisis; common goods/individual goods, where people fit into the economy; control of growth, consumption

E07Demographic balances

Population renewal, overpopulation, age pyramid

E08Relations between society and environment

Society which cares for/destroys environmental balances, collective moves to care for the environment

E09Technical and scientific progress

Scientific and medical research, technological, scientifical innovations, scientifical and technical means for the well-being, bioethics, scientifical progress, new technologies

FPersonal balance

F00Personal balance in general

Having a balance or lack of balance in one's life in general, feeling that one fits in/feeling lost

F01Physical balance and health

Good or ill-health, illness, sleep, rest/fatigue, overweight, drug addiction, mental disorders (depression, anorexia, etc) memory

F02Freedom / personal autonomy

Freedom of thought, of choice, of action, independence/disability; physical abilities, intellectual faculties

F03Personal time management and balance between activities

Being available to help/having too much to do; having spare time for oneself; timetable; balance/organisation of activities; daily routine; working time

F04Emotional / mental balance

Depression, general discomfort/enjoying living; mood (anger, joy); motivation; happy with one's lot

F05Spiritual life / religion

Personal beliefs, faith, religious practices

F06Balance in relations with society

Relations with others, views of others, social status, ability to express oneself; charisma, shyness

F08Personal development

Personal self-fulfilment; success/failure; taking enjoyment in life; creativity

GWell­being or ill­being feelings

G00Well­being or ill­being feelings in general

Feelings linked to good/bad news; happiness/unhappiness, bereavement

G01Self­esteem or shame

Liking oneself, self-esteem/lack of self-esteem; self-confidence; self-image

G02Satisfaction / frustration

Disappointment/satisfaction; regret/contentment

G03Serenity / fear

Peace of mind, calmness/fear of the future, of time passing, of the unknown

G04Stress / Peace of mind

Upset/composure, calmness; excess of responsibilities/peaceful life

G05Happiness / sadness

Laughing/crying; being content/being sad

HAttitudes and initiatives

H00Attitudes and initiatives in general

Motivation, to think positively, attitude to life, patience, to use all the chances, opimism/pessimism

H01Self­improvement / self­respect

Accepting; confronting; learning; stopping (smoking, drinking, etc); taking care of oneself, having a healthy lifestyle; taking time, seizing opportunities; following one's instincts

H02Personal / entrepreneurial initiatives

Carrying out projects, fulfilling dreams; creating, developing, working; doing one's best, being successful, life changes, travelling

H03Behaviour / sociability

Attitudes to others, politeness; loving/being loved; talking, discussing, communicating/arguing; being patient, kindness/spitefulness, ridiculing; inspiring confidence, trust

H04Listening / applying solidarity values

Helping out, reaching out, listening to, taking care of; being attentive to, having time for, being ready to listen; kindness; pleasing people, doing a good turn

H05Being responsible towards common goods

Shouldering responsibilities, being responsible (in society, to one's family - bringing up children, etc), upholding the law, complying with the rules of life in the community and security/safety (speed limits, noise, etc); sorting waste, caring for the environment, the common spaces and goods, no waste of resources, responsible consumption

H06Commitment within civic life

Taking part in collective action and organisations, making a contribution to society, being an active citizen (voting, doing voluntary work, etc)

H07Dynamism / collective actions

Organisations, actions, collective synergies established in society; movements and processes steering collective reflection; common struggles and proposals for collective action.

IRelationships within society

I01Gender relationships

Relations between persons or group of persons of different genders, respect, tolerance or equality between genders

I02Relationships between generations

Relations between persons of different generations and ages, between young and old people, respect, tolerance between different ages

I03Relationships between cultures

Inter-cultural, inter-religion, inter-community relationships and dialog, openness of cultures, forms of extremism

I04Relationships between social classes

Relations between persons from different social backgrounds, origins, wealth levels and cultures and respect, solidarity, mixity between them

I05Proximity relationships

Relations between neighbors, people sharing the same place, conviviality of those relations

I06Politeness, respect and tolerance

Racism, prejudice, arrogance, hypocrisy, lying, feeling of superiority, ridiculing, verbal aggression, tolerance, mutual respect (between individuals, cultures, generations), acceptance of others, kindness, civism

I07Solidarity, sharing and transmission of knowledge and resources

Indifference, lack of solidarity, individualism, selfishness, jealousy, ability to listen, dialogue, mutual assistance, altruism, generosity, exchange of experience and knowledge, sharing (of ideas, work, wealth, responsibilities, inter-generational sharing)

I08Inclusion / exclusion

Being excluded, rejected, overlooked/being integrated, accepted, acknowledged, discrimination

Special components


Summary of the components to print on one A4 sheet:

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