HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Measuring National Well-being

In a Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Public Policy lecture (CWiPP) in February, Stephen Hicks presented some results from ‘Life in the UK: 2012’, the first annual report from the Office for National Statistics' well-being programme.  Stephen is the Assistant Deputy Director of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme at the Office for National Statistics.

The Measuring National Well-being programme was launched two years ago with a six month National Debate, asking, ‘what matters’, to understand what measures of well-being should include. The ONS developed a framework for measuring national well-being based on 34,000 on-line responses and 175 events that took place, one of which was with CwiPP members. The framework consists of 10 areas or ‘domains’, including areas such as Health, Education and What we do; and 40 headline measures of well-being, for example, the unemployment rate, satisfaction with our health, or levels of crime. These measures and others have been used to describe life in the UK 2012, under the headings, the Economy, People and the Environment.

As well as highlighting some of the findings from Life in the UK 2012, the lecture focused on how the ONS have and are developing measures of National Well-being, how subjective well-being measurement fits within the framework and how these statistics can be used by policy makers, the public and international bodies to make better decisions.

A video of the lecture and a set of slides are available here.