At the request of the Coalition Government, the Office for National Statistics is working to develop new statistical measures of national well-being, covering quality of life and environmental and sustainability issues, as well as the traditional economic performance of the country.
To guide this process, the National Statistician has launched a debate and public consultation on national well-being. It will run until 15 April 2011. Views are sought on a variety of topics, among them the extent to which spirituality and religion matter to people and whether they should be reflected in national measures of well-being.
Input to this dialogue can be made in various ways, including by completing the consultation questionnaire and returning it by email or post, by contributing to a virtual debate website, or by attending workshops. Full details of how to get involved are available at:
No faith leaders or faith experts seem to have been appointed to the membership of the Measuring National Well-Being Advisory Forum, which is mainly drawn from the ranks of government, business and academe. Nor, apparently, is the consultation attracting much attention in the faith media.
The BRIN source database – http://www.brin.ac.uk/sources – can be used to identify previous quantitative research into the religious aspects of well-being. Use keyword search terms such as ‘well being’, ‘well-being’ and ‘wellbeing’.