We conducted a rapid evidence assessment of impact evaluations that use the Office for National Statistics’ measures of personal subjective wellbeing, known as the ONS4.
The review is part of our work to systematically identify and summarise evidence from evaluations that use wellbeing frameworks and standardised measures.
What are the ONS4?
The ONS are harmonised measures to assesses personal wellbeing using four measures that capture three types of well-being: evaluative, eudemonic and affective experience.
These measures ask:
- Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? (Life satisfaction)
- Overall, to what extent do you feel that the things you do in your life are worthwhile? (Purpose)
- Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? (Happiness)
- On a scale where 0 is “not at all anxious” and 10 is “completely anxious”, overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? (Anxiety)
One of the main benefits of collecting information on personal wellbeing is that it is based on people’s subjective views, taking into account what matters to them.
These are national statistics as part of the UK National Measuring Wellbeing Programme and the measures for Levelling Up Mission 8 and one of the two overall outcomes of Levelling Up.