People’s satisfaction with life and other individual assessments of well-being are at the heart of measuring the nation’s well-being according to the Office for National Statistics.
Launched today, ONS is opening a consultation on key themes and headline indicators of national well-being, which they propose are vital in understanding how to measure the UK’s progress by more than just its economic performance.
ONS has developed ten key themes, of which individual well-being is one, along with an initial set of measures following extensive feedback to the national debate “what matters to you?”, as well as by studying further research.
The themes or “domains” and the initial measures will be used in discussions with interested groups and individuals to assess their potential as eventual indicators to measure the UK’s national well-being.
The set of domains are:
• Individual well-being
• Our relationships
• What we do
• Where we live
• Personal finance
• Education and skills
• The economy
• The natural environment
The consultation will run for twelve weeks with the results to be published in Spring 2012. There is a discussion paper and facilities for responding on the ONS website at http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/social-trends-rd/social-trends/uk-measures-of-national-well-being/measuring-national-well-being---discussion-paper-on-domains-and-measures.html
The Office for National Statistics Measuring National Well-being (MNW) Programme was launched in November 2010 to provide a fuller understanding of how society is doing than economic measures, such as GDP, can provide. It started with a three month national debate on ‘What matters to you?’ to improve understanding of what should be included in measures of the nation’s well-being.
Measuring What Matters: National Statistician's Reflections on the National Debate on Measuring National Well-being was published in July 2011
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