New consultation proposes ten key themes for measuring well-being

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has launched a new consultation on key themes and headline indicators of national well-being, which it believes are vital in understanding how to measure the UK’s progress by more than just economic performance.
The twelve week consultation is based around a discussion paper and facilities for responding. The results are due to be published in Spring 2012.
Using feedback from the national debate ’What matters to you?’ (pdf format, opens in new window) and other research, the ONS has developed ten key themes and an initial set of measures.
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 domains are:
  • individual well-being
  • our relationships
  • health
  • what we do
  • where we live
  • personal finance
  • education and skills
  • governance
  • the economy
  • the natural environment.
In April 2011 the ONS started measurement of subjective well-being by including four new questions in the Integrated Household Survey (IHS).
Around 200,000 people are being asked to rate their ’life satisfaction’, as well as how happy and how anxious they feel, and the extent to which the things they do in life are worthwhile.
The first annual experimental set of data from the IHS will be available in July 2012 with interim results published earlier, including initial estimates from the Opinions Survey on 1 December 2011. These experimental statistics are in the testing phase, are not yet fully developed and have not been submitted for assessment to the UK Statistics Authority.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) National well-being

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