Data and analysis

About Data and analysis

The following blogs are a useful starting point

Happy people wear seatbelts – even if you’re more interested in outcomes such as, say, reducing deaths in road traffic accidents, wellbeing findings have something to offer and sometimes they’re not so obvious. 

What the hidden happiness gap tells us about wellbeing inequalities in the UK – wellbeing data tells us how people actually feel about their lives, whether they are thriving or struggling.  Using existing data about health, employment, education, crime and relationships – our wellbeing – in new ways, could help us explain everything from why we voted to leave the EU to what makes us trust our neighbours.

What do we know about the drivers of wellbeing inequality?  Looking at inequality of wellbeing is a new and emerging approach to understanding how people and communities are thriving or struggling. But while it’s  harder to find and understand what differences exist within and between populations, and what might drive such otherwise hidden variations, we think it could lead to some insightful findings.

All the Centre’s blogs and guest blogs on the UK wellbeing data using the Office for National Statistics data. You will also find related data, indices, and analyses from other organisations.

How is the UK, as a whole, doing? This blog from Deborah Hardoon, our Head of Evidence, looks at the UK’s performance in relation to other countries in the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

How did a major event like Brexit impact wellbeing? In 2017, we shared how personal wellbeing fared in the year following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU).


Sep 18, 2020 | By Joanne Smithson
Wellbeing approach to policy: share your experience
Centre Blog
Jul 8, 2020 | By Deborah Hardoon
Wellbeing at the heart of Covid recovery
Centre Blog

External resource

  • World Happiness Report – happiness and voting behaviour
  • ONS governance and trust wellbeing data