The indicators: an overview

The National Accounts of Well-being indicators on this website represent a working model of measures which governments can use to monitor the well-being of their citizens.

The indicators have been constructed by nef, using data from the 2006-2007 European Social Survey . This is the most comprehensive and detailed international survey of well-being ever undertaken.

The resulting survey dataset was used to develop an indicator set around two headline measures of personal well-being and social well-being : the two crucial aspects of how people experience their lives. As the diagram shows, each headline indicator is broken down into component indicators (and in places also subcomponent indicators) which reflect the different aspects which together comprise experienced well-being. The seven main components of personal and social well-being are also the elements used to create national Well-being Profiles (with emotional well-being split into its subcomponents).

In addition, the personal well-being and social well-being indicators can be brought together in different ways to form versions of a combined well-being indicator . As an example of a well-being indicator within a specific life domain, we have also created a satellite indicator of well-being at work . In the report we also analyse indicators of the dispersion of personal well-being and of social well-being, which reveal how equally levels of well-being are distributed within group.

The indicators were created by standardising and transforming the survey data so that all results are presented on 0–10 scales, with a score of 5 always representing the average score across the 22 European countries included.

Read more about how the indicators were constructed.