Rethinking Wellbeing

The central theme of Scotland’s Futures Forum 2012/13 seminar series was that for complex problems such as population health, multiple deprivation, climate change and loss of biodiversity we need to consider the environment, the economy and society holistically and in an inter-related manner. Feedback indicated that we need to break down silos to help in the design and measurement of effective public policies. In 2014 the Forum took this forward in a practical way.

Our main partner in this initiative is the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII). Six project teams were set up to look at different aspects of wellbeing. The SUII teams were guided by an umbrella strategy group which consisted of Scotland's Futures Forum, the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government, Carnegie UK Trust, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Audit Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, SCVO and Oxfam Scotland.

Programmes addressed key issues around social, environmental and economic wellbeing with the aim of making a contribution to the development of policy and practice in Scotland and elsewhere, including the development of Scotland’s National Performance Framework, ‘Scotland Performs’.

The successful Wellbeing programmes were:

Briefing papers for each of the programmes are available via the SUII Wellbeing 2014 webpage.

On Tuesday 13 January 2015, Professor Enrico Giovannini led a seminar and question & answer session (90KB pdf) to discuss wellbeing and its measurement. Slides from the seminar (884KB pdf) are now available. Enrico Giovannini is a Professor of Economic Statistics at Rome University, former Minister of labour and social policies in the Italian Government and former Chief Statistician of the OECD. Professor Giovannini is a renowned expert in the field of wellbeing and a member of the “Stiglitz Commission”. For his work on the measurement of societal well-being, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic of Italy and is a member of the Club of Rome.

A summary of the programme findings--Improving lives in Scotland - a wellbeing approach (330KB pdf)--is now available.