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On Tuesday 21 May 2013, around 40 people gathered in Newcastle's Mansion House to discuss Measuring wellbeing - and changes to wellbeing - in Newcastle.
In the third part of the then draft Wellbeing for Life strategy, we had noted the need to
“develop a framework of measurement so that we can evaluate the extent to which our work together is making a difference, drawing on both national outcome frameworks and lessons from those who are developing frameworks for measuring the multiple dimensions of wellbeing”
With this commitment in mind, we scoped some of the drivers and developments around measuring wellbeing and invited guest speakers from across Europe to inform our discussions and deliberations as we move forward.
We set out to explore issues including:
We created a programme that interspersed presentations from speakers with lots of table discussion time. Participants were invited to record their conversations using conversational mapping.
Our speakers were:
Measuring wellbeing. A case of the blind men and the elephant? Helen Wilding, Wellbeing for Life Development lead, Newcastle
How's life in your region? Measuring local and regional well-being for policy making. Monica Brezzi, Soo-Jin Kim & Vicente Ruiz, OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development
Measuring national wellbeing in the UK. Jen Beaumont, National Measuring Wellbeing Programme, Office of National Statistics
Taking the temperature of local communities. Measuring wellbeing at a local level. Nina Mguni, The Young Foundation
The Good Life Index - experiences from Southern Denmark. Rune Stig Mortensen, Region of Southern Denmark
Changes and effects: the use of indicators as a support for programming in the Sardinian Region. A case study on tourism policy. Sonia Pistis, Sardinian Region, Italy
Measuring wellbeing: the Sardinian Deprivation Index Case. Eloisa Canu, Sardinian Region, Italy
Each of the tables engaged in intensive conversations sparked from the issues in the presentations.
Here are some of the themes that arose:
In addition to the papers and background materials we originally scoped, you may find the following interesting...
What matters most to personal wellbeing? Analysis from the large scale 2011/12 Annual Population Survey explores the influence of a range of factors on personal well-being across Great Britain. The analysis provides a sense of the relative importance of these factors in shaping people’s views about their own well-being – one aspect of national well-being.