In endogenous development well-being is understood from a holistic perspective that encompasses social, material and spiritual values of local communities. This way human and planetary well-being are seen as closely interlinked in what is increasingly known as biocultural diversity.

Because of this holistic approach, endogenous development is complementary to the more conventional well-being assessment and development approaches. Endogenous development allows people to envision their wellbeing on basis of their own worldviews, guided by the traditional knowledge and spiritual wisdom of their cultures.

COMPAS partners assess their endogenous development through well-being indicators they themselves have developed with communities. Reporting on the progress takes place through quantitative (ranking, rating, scoring and valuation) and qualitative methods such as change stories and photo reports.