People’s personal well-being should be the ultimate goal of any government in a peaceful and democratic society. In the UK, more and more policy-makers at national and local levels of government show interest in this rather new focus and look for practical means to define, promote and measure well-being. In order to shed more light on these issues, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and the Nottingham City Council undertook a pilot study to measure the well-being of young people in this town. The research work and statistical analysis was done by Nic Marks who wrote this report with Hetan Shah and Andrea Westall. While many measures of well-being bear only on people’s satisfaction with their lives (‘life satisfaction’), a two dimensional model of well-being was used in this research, taking into account ‘personal development’ as well. Although only indicative given the limitations of the survey process, the results show the usefulness of well-being indicators to inform and shape policy-making.
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Marks, Nic, Hetan Shah, and Andrea Westall. 2004. The power and potential of well-being indicators: Measuring young people’s well-being in Nottingham. London: New Economics Foundation.