The Wellbeing of Future Generations in Wales

Earlier this year he Welsh Government passed the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. This sets out 7 wellbeing goals which 44 public bodies across Wales must work towards.

This video sets out what the act is all about:

Welsh people were asked what mattered to them through the Wales We Want national conversation which informed the legislation.

How do you measure a nation’s progress?

There consultation on the indicators by which the progress towards these goals is open until 11th January 2016

→Take part in the Consultation


We have a couple of new case studies and a debate to share so we can help people learn from practice:

Darnall Wellbeing: “there are other ways to stay healthy“, a community health organisation in Sheffield who’s aim is to reduce health inequalities by helping people build their knowledge and resilience to manage their own health and wellbeing

Can ICT help community cohesion?, looking at rural areas and a new project looking at creating community wellbeing in areas of urban deprivation both from the New Europe Centre at Aberdeen University.

What is a good life? Can science and medicine tell us? filmed debate as part of Battle of Ideas 2015 with our Director, Nancy Hey.

→Share learning and insights from your work

How can I measure mental wellbeing in children and young people?

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Mental wellbeing has wide ranging impacts upon an individual, their quality of life and the wider society. It is of particular importance to children and young people as it is thought to influence the way in which an individual copes with key life events such as stress, trauma and physical ill-health . Not only are those with better mental wellbeing likely to deal better with stressful events and recover more quickly from illness, but they are also less likely to engage in behaviours which may put their health at risk

PHE mental wellbeingCYPThe National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network have published a new guide to Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People.  

→This will be useful if you work in public health and want to support local Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) and the commissioning of interventions to improve the mental wellbeing of local children and young people.

The guide covers:

  • what mental wellbeing is for children and young people
  • why it is important
  • what affects it – the key determinants
  • how to use information from a range of national and local sources to improve metal wellbeing
  • the measures that can be used to quantify mental wellbeing and its key determinants
  • information on how to use the measures
  • links to examples of evidence based practice

→ Download guide

Find other useful tools →Wellbeing Data & Resources 

Join roundtables on Wellbeing governance, inequality and the Five Ways to Wellbeing

New research is underway on wellbeing using data from the European Social Survey.Screenshot 2015-06-25 10.18.50 The research is being undertaken by an ESRC-funded collaboration between a consortium of  City University London, the University of Cambridge, and the New Economics Foundation (part of our communities evidence programme).

Between now and February 2016, the consortium are bringing together practitioners, policy makers and academics to discuss the policy implications of this research in three roundtable conversations. These  will be kept relatively small and will allow in-depth discussion of the three topics. At the end of these discussions the researchers will identify some key insights for policy and questions for further research.

The three roundtables are:

Governance, wellbeing and perceptions of the quality of society

  • How peoples’ perceptions of the quality of society (for example their trust in government or views on the functioning of the economy) relate to their personal wellbeing, and how perceptions vary across population groups
  • The association between aspects of governance (for example voice and accountability, or the effectiveness of governance), wellbeing, and wellbeing inequality

Inequalities in wellbeing

  • Research on drivers of wellbeing inequalities
  • The different approaches to inequalities in wellbeing (eg. absolute levels of wellbeing inequality across a population, or inequality in wellbeing according to, for example, income or age)
  • What (if any) methodological challenges remain in consideration of wellbeing inequalities in policy.

Five Ways to wellbeing

  • New evidence on the relationship between the Five Ways to Wellbeing and wellbeing outcomes
  • New evidence on the distribution of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: do some population groups practice some of the Five Ways more than others, and are different Ways to Wellbeing particularly important for some groups?

If you are work on wellbeing projects, are a policy official, politician or researcher, commissioner or academic interested in wellbeing or any of the areas outlined above and want to take part register interest now.

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