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Well-being publications

ONS is developing new measures of national well-being. The aim is to provide a fuller picture of how society is doing by supplementing existing economic, social and environmental measures. More detail of the background and history of the programme can be found in National Statistician's reflections on the national debate on measuring National Well-being (1.16 Mb Pdf) .

Articles and reports from ONS's Measuring National Well-being programme and other related links and information.

Latest publications

Measuring National Well-being, Measuring Social Capital, July 2014 - 18 July 2014
This article proposes a framework and draft set of measures for social capital in the UK. 

Measuring National Well-being - Insights across Society, the Economy and the Environment, 2014 - 22 July 2014
Summarises the outputs from the Measuring National Well-being (MNW) Programme since its launch in November 2010.

Sustainable Development Indicators, July 2014 - 11 July 2014
Overview of progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Published alongside the headline and supplementary indicators are assessments of change, both short and long term.

UK Environmental Accounts, 2014  - 02 July 2014
Environmental accounts show how the environment contributes to the economy, the impacts that the economy has on the environment, and how society responds to environmental issues.

Measuring National Well-being - European Comparisons, 2014 - 18 June 2014
Compares UK with EU across key areas of well-being.

Measuring National Well-being - Income, Expenditure and Personal Well-being, 2011/12 - 04 June 2014
New findings on the relationship between personal well-being, household income and expenditure.

UK Natural Capital, Initial and Partial Monetary Estimates02 May 2014 
Monetary estimates of the UK's natural capital.

Measuring National Well-being - Life in the UK, 2014 - 18 March 2014
The latest snapshot of the nation's well-being.

National Well-being Measures, March 2014 - 18 March 2014
The latest and time series data for national well-being headline measures.

Measuring National Well-being - Children's Well-being, 2014  - 06 March 2014
This article proposes a draft set of measures of national well-being for children aged 0 to 15.

Measuring National Well-being, Young People's Well-being, 2014  - 06 March 2014
This publication proposes a draft set of measures of national well-being for young people aged 16 to 24.

Measuring National Well-being - Governance, 2014 20 February 2014
Explores civic engagement such as satisfaction with government and democracy, and interest  and participation in politics

Measuring National Well-being, Commuting and Personal Well-being, 2014 - 12 February 2014
This article examines the relationship between commuting to work and personal well-being using regression analysis. It identifies how time spent commuting and method of travel affect life satisfaction, a sense that our daily activities are worthwhile, and levels of happiness and anxiety.

Household Satellite Accounts - Valuing Volunteering in the UK - 12 December 2013
This paper discusses the methodological approaches and the evolution of valuing voluntary activity since 2000.

Human Capital Estimates, 2012 - 12 December 2013
This article presents experimental statistics on the valuation of the UK's Human Capital Stock from 2004 to 2012. This release is part of a programme of work within the Measuring National Well-being Programme and updates previous estimates released by ONS in December 2011.

Personal well-being across the UK, 2012/13 - 23 October 2013
Latest figures and how personal well-being across the UK has changed since last year

Measuring National Well-being Domains and Measures, September 2013 - 24 September 2013
Anupdate to the domains and measures of National Well-being, with new measures on median household income and population mental well-being.

Measuring National Well-being - What we do, September 2013 - 24 September 2013
Summarises the 'What we do' domain measures covering unemployment, employment, volunteering, leisure time and participation in arts and culture and sports, plus looks at associated data such as stress at work, work life balance and free time activities.

Personal well-being in the UK, 2012/13 - 30 July 2013
Latest figures and changes since last year.

Household Satellite Accounts, Valuing Informal Adultcare in the UK - 25 June 2013
Experimental statistics on the output of the household production, part of development and updating of UK Household Satellite Account.

Measuring National Well-being - Health, 2013  - 19 June 2013
This article analyses by age and other variables two of the current measures of national well-being: ‘satisfaction with health’ and ‘evidence of mental ill-health using (GHQ12)’ and their relationship to well-being.

Self-reported financial situation, 2013 - 13 June 2013
Looks at satisfaction with income and self reported financial situation now and in the future for people aged 16 and over and how that relates with satisfaction with life overall.

What matters most to personal well-being - 30 May 2013
Analysis of the 2011/12 Annual Population Survey highlighting areas key to personal well-being. Some areas examined include health, employment, relationship status, education, age, gender, ethnicity and occupation.

Measuring National Well-being Domains and Measures, May 2013 - 30 May 2013
Latest review of domains and measures of national well-being including additional measures on arts and culture, sport, satisfaction with accommodation, access to key services and recycling.

The Economy - International Comparisons - 14 May 2013
Focuses on the economy and describes how the UK has fared relative to other countries over time.

Differences in well-being by ethnicity - 30 April 2013
Looks at people’s assessment of their own well-being by different ethnic groups using the April 2011 to March 2012 Annual Population Survey.

Measuring National Well-being - Older people and loneliness, 2013 - 11 April 2013
Explores the reported feelings of loneliness by people aged 52 and over using 2009–10 data from the  English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Measuring National Well-being - Older people's leisure time and volunteering - 11 April 2013
Examines the well-being of people aged over 50 based on data from Understanding Society, the UK Longitudinal 2010–11 study.

Measuring National Well-being - Older People’s Neighbourhoods, 2013 - 14 March 2013
First in a series of short articles examining the well-being of older people aged 50 and over using measures related to the Measuring National Well-being Programme.

Household Satellite Accounts, Valuing Informal Childcare in the UK - 15 February 2013
This article reports on the measurement and valuation of the output of the household production of childcare and includes all care given by parents, family members and  friends. It is the first in a series of articles to update the full household satellite accounts for the UK. 

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