Measuring well-being

As with any formal accounting task, developing National Accounts of Well-being requires answers to core questions about how the concept of well-being can be precisely defined and measured. What aspects of well-being should any new national accounts comprise? How might these aspects be put into practice when well-being measures are developed? Should the different component data be brought together into a single index, and if so, how?

The well-being indicators and data presented here come from the first working model for National Accounts of Well-being which governments can use to measure the well-being of their citizens. It was devised using data from the award-winning cross-national European Social Survey. In 2006/2007, the survey included a detailed module of 50 well-being questions, designed by the University of Cambridge, nef and other partners. This is the most comprehensive and detailed international survey of well-being ever undertaken.

In this section, read more about:

  • the framework for National Accounts of Well-being
  • the indicators in the framework
  • the data source for the indicators – the European Social Survey
  • the indicator scores
  • areas for further development of the framework