Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)
Putting Well-being Metrics into Policy Action, 3-4 October 2019
Calls to go “beyond GDP” in measuring societies’ progress are as old as the measurement of GDP itself. Over the past twenty years, governments have stepped up their efforts to develop multidimensional dashboards of well-being, inclusiveness and sustainability indicators. These dashboards provide a richer picture of how life is going for people, highlighting well-being inequalities, and helping policy makers to take stock of the resources that help to sustain well-being over time. But what difference is this making, in terms of how policy decisions are made?
This workshop explored the policy uptake of well-being, inclusiveness and sustainability indicators. It focused on how practical policy mechanisms could be adapted to apply this evidence on a more systematic basis. Participants from countries already beginning to experiment with well-being approaches were asked to share their experiences and lessons learned so far. Barriers to using well-being evidence, and how the field needs to evolve reach a more mature state, was also discussed.