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Data and analysis

About Data and analysis

Where to find and create wellbeing data?

How to create and use your own wellbeing data

What analysis has been done? 

Analysis of ONS4

Culture and sport

Analysis in these topics are often most usefully use experiential measures of wellbeing. Time Use surveys are also useful for this area. Using this approach is helpful for improving time use for better wellbeing, and understanding how you improve positive mood or purpose 

See more in Prof Paul Dolan’s Definitions and measures discussion paper.

It takes a similar approach to Mappiness data and papers or this Happy Place practice example.

Work and learning

Life course analysis and cost effectiveness

With LSE Centre for Economic Performance.


For further reading on data and analysis, explore our blogs:

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).

External resource

  • ONS income and wealth
  • Our World Data -Happiness and Life Satisfaction
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