Briefing paper

How should we measure wellbeing across the life cycle? An Evidence Check

social wellbeing Educational achievement Homelessness Mental health New South Wales
Description

This FACSIAR Evidence to Action Note identifies evidence-based indicators that could be used to measure wellbeing across the seven domains of the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework.

Key messages:

  • Governments increasingly want to know if the programs and services they deliver improve how people feel and function in their lives – their wellbeing.
  • An Evidence Check was conducted to identify and assess evidence-based indicators that could measure wellbeing across the seven domains of the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework.
  • The authors identified and rated 96 indicators of wellbeing that have been used consistently in the wellbeing literature.
  • Sixteen of the indicators, including educational attainment, homelessness, and mental health, were assessed as having high useability in the NSW context.
  • The key findings from this Evidence Check could be used to help choose indicators to measure a person’s wellbeing.
  • The Evidence Check revealed a gap in indicator availability in the empowerment domain. Future research is needed to identify other indicators that could be included in this domain.
Publication Details
Publication Year:
2019