Well-being knowledge bank launched by the Office for National Statistics


The Office for National Statistics is developing ways to measure national well-being. This work got underway in late 2010 with a consultation exercise that led to the publication of an initial report in July 2011. This has now been supplemented by a website that contains a range of publications.

The aim is that these new measures will cover the quality of life of people in the UK, environmental and sustainability issues, as well as the economic performance of the country.

The initial report contains a range of quotes from individuals who participated in the consultation exercise, e.g.

I think well being is related to having a fairer distribution of wealth, greater social mobility and being able to slow the pace of life.

You are measuring national well being in the UK which is made up of 60m individuals, so the focus needs to be on how well they are growing and changing, in the right direction.

National well­being is not just a case of economic or health success, or even the environment. Well­being is a measure of every sphere of life.


Well-being knowledge bank. Office for National Statistics.

Measuring national well-being: measuring what matters. National Statistician’s reflections on the national debate on measuring national well-being (PDF). Office for National Statistics, July 2011.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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