Posted on 31 March 2011
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has organised a range of events across the country to provide people with the opportunity to give their views on what affects their sense of well-being. This might be what they earn, time spent with family, the state of the environment - or something completely different.
The University is very pleased to be able to offer people who live or work in the York area a chance to contribute to this important topic
Professor John Local
One of the key York events will take place at the University of York’s Alcuin Research Resource Centre on 12 April 2011 and is co-hosted by the University’s Social Policy Research Unit and the ONS.
The expert panel of speakers will include Aileen Simkins, Senior Responsible Owner of the Measuring National Well-being Programme at ONS, David Darton, Director of Foresight, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and from the University of York, Professor Kate Pickett (author of The Spirit Level), Professor Roy Sainsbury, Research Director, Social Policy Research Unit, and Professor Jonathan Bradshaw (author of Developing an Index of Children’s Subjective Well-being in England). The debate will be chaired by Steve Hughes, Editor of The Press newspaper.
Aileen Simkins from ONS said: "The National Well-being debate is for everyone across the UK and we want to encourage people to tell us what matters to them. I am delighted that the University of York is hosting this event.
“The measures that are developed will be available for all government and commercial organisations to use in the way which helps them make decisions. These decisions will affect the UK and so it is important to make your voice heard. Get involved by visiting www.ons.gov.uk/well-being.”
From April 2011, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) is including subjective well-being questions on their Integrated Household Survey to capture what people think and feel about their own well-being. This event will enable practitioners and researchers to provide information on the viability of these and other measures of well-being.
Professor John Local, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York, said: “The University’s Social Policy Research Unit has an international reputation for excellence in research in social policy, especially health and social care, poverty, welfare and social work, so it is fitting that the Unit will co-host this important event. The aim of the national debate is to develop better measures of well-being by gaining a greater understanding of what is most important to people. The University is very pleased to be able to offer people who live or work in the York area a chance to contribute to this important topic.”
To date over 8,000 people have joined the debate on how to measure national well-being. The aim is to provide a fuller picture of 'how society is doing’ than is given by traditional economic indicators. Understanding the economic performance of a country is important, but there is a need to look at broader measures, 'quality-of-life' indicators and the impact progress has on the environment when assessing national well-being.
The event will take place at the Alcuin Research Resource Centre at the University of York on 12 April 2011 from 5 to 7pm. The debate is free and open to all, but it is important to book in advance as places are limited. Visit www.eventbrite.com/event/1487839167 to book.
To join the virtual debate or see what others are saying visit www.ons.gov.uk/well-being.