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A Well-being Framework for Ireland

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Understanding life in Ireland

A well-being perspective

The government is developing a Well-being Framework to better measure Ireland’s progress as a country and better align policy decisions with people’s experiences.

As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and build back better, the importance of ensuring we take a new and broader approach to understanding people’s lives has never been clearer. This involves looking beyond exclusively economic measures.

A Well-being Framework has the advantage of capturing overall quality of life, across economic and social aspects, as well as environmental, health and other important outcomes. It, therefore, brings together a range of areas that matter most to people’s lives now and into the future. Areas such as housing, community, civic engagement, paid and unpaid work, and education.

Earlier this year the government's First Report on a Well-being Framework for Ireland was published. It captures the first phase of this important work and sets out the guiding vision and ambitions. It includes an initial Well-being Framework and supporting Dashboard of Indicators, which will evolve and be improved over time.

We now want to create awareness and gain feedback on this work. This will help us to improve the Framework, ensure it is reflective of the issues that matter most to the Irish people, and that it becomes a meaningful aid for policymaking.

That is why we are starting a conversation on the Well-being Framework. We are eager to spread the word and hear from people right across Irish society.

Mar a deireann an seanfhocal: “Chíonn beirt rud nach bhfeiceann duine amháin".

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