The UK is not the only country to develop measures of well-being. Over the last decade there has been growing interest among other National Statistics Institutes and international organisations, such as Eurostat and the OECD, in developing measures to better reflect well-being and the social, economic and environmental progress of countries.
There have been a number of key international developments including:
the publication in 2009 of the report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (CMEPSP)
the publication in 2011 of the OECD’s Better Life Initiative website, an online interactive instrument that allows users to measure well-being across countries, and the How’s Life report which provides more in-depth analysis and
the adoption of the recommendations of the INSEE/Eurostat Sponsorship Group on ‘Measuring Progress, Well-being and Sustainable Development’ by the European Statistics System Committee (ESSC) in November 2011.
It is important that we engage with the international well-being agenda in order to develop a shared framework for defining and measuring well-being, harmonise data collection to allow comparison across countries and share best practice.
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