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Poverty and Inequality as measured by the Scottish National Performance Framework

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There can be little doubt about the Scottish Government taking the problems of poverty and inequality seriously. As recently as 9 October 2014, Finance Secretary John Swinney emphasised in his budget speech the aim to ‘deliver on the aspirations of the people of Scotland for a more prosperous and fairer Scotland’. The commitment to a   …Continue Reading


GLADS project video available

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At the final event of the GLADS seminar series we screened a short film that the film maker Juan Barrera has shot during the earlier events. Watch the video here.  


Growing Up in Scotland:Family and school influences on children’s well-being at age 7

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Guest blog from Lesley Kelly, GUS Dissemination Officer, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), University of Edinburgh Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) is the longitudinal research study tracking the lives of thousands of children from birth, through childhood and beyond. The study aims to find out about how the circumstances and experiences of   …Continue Reading


The Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing calls for input

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Guest blog by Lauren Pennycook, Policy Officer at the Carnegie UK Trust   The final recommendation of the recent report from The Commission on Wellbeing and Policy is that we should measure wellbeing more often and more comprehensively – gathering views and opinions from across the population. The Commission believes that this would help governments   …Continue Reading


Well-being: All in the eye of the beholder?

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Guest blog post by Carrie Exton, a policy analyst at the OECD. The OECD Better Life Initiative is all about measuring well-being and the progress of societies. You might well wonder how anyone would go about such a gargantuan task. Surely, different people have different views about what it means to live well? How can   …Continue Reading


Imagine PM telling Cabinet that budget allocation will be based on well-being impact

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March 2014 saw the publication of what could become a momentous report, that of The Commission on Wellbeing and Policy chaired by former UK Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell. It makes the case for putting the pursuit of wellbeing at the heart of public policy. Though very challenging – difficulties over definition, data, key drivers of change, and the ‘why   …Continue Reading


Enhancing citizens’ well-being – a view from across the Channel

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Hello everyone! I’m Marie-Amélie Viatte, one of the GLADS team members. I’m French and thought that it’d be nice to bring you a view on well-being from across the Channel. One of the GLADS themes at the forthcoming May event (14-15th in Edinburgh, for your diary) is “place and space” and so the example of   …Continue Reading


Reflections on the GLADS launch seminar

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Wellbeing, meaning and measurement The 2014 Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) seminar series on wellbeing is a timely opportunity to explore the concept from diverse perspectives. I am part of the Good Lives and Decent Societies (GLADS) team, considering individual and societal factors to support wellbeing across relevant policy areas. The first of three events   …Continue Reading


Welcome to GLADS!

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Welcome to the GLADS blog! Please click on the ‘About’ tab to find out the background to this project and get in touch – by email, Twitter, or here via this blog – to contribute to this knowledge exchange series. With this project, we want to facilitate a better understanding, assessment and promotion of well-being   …Continue Reading