Measuring the Well-being of Wales
On September 25th I published the first ever annual Well-being of Wales report. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 required us to report annually on our progress towards the national well-being goals, with reference to the national indicators.
Our aim was to produce a report that told a story
We’ve had previous sets of indicators in Wales and often they’ve not had the impact on policy development that we’d have liked. I wanted this to be different since the evidence contained in the national indicators, the Well-being of Wales report, alongside the Future Trends report, are critical for public bodies and Welsh Government to develop policies and plans that improve the well-being of future generations.
When we consulted on the national indicators, stakeholders wanted us to ensure we took a rounded view of issues when it came to reporting on progress. In our narrative we did not restrict ourselves to the national indicators but reported on other relevant data, such as avoidable mortality, adverse childhood experiences or the global education programmes in Wales.
We wanted to make use of new ways of publishing statistics
We were also committed to publishing all of the data for the national indicators. To achieve this we wanted to maximise the re-use of the data we publish elsewhere and the strides we have made in open data. For most of the indicators the data are published in detail on StatsWales.
We put Wales in the global context
We want your feedback
The design and content of the site was all produced by our own statisticians in Welsh Government at no additional cost. We know that we can improve in future, and we are still learning the tricks of the Power BI software. We want to ensure we are improving through listening to user feedback. We’ve therefore launched a survey today seeking your feedback on the content, usability and structure of the report. We’d also like to know how you might use the report in your day to day work.
Please take the time to fill in the survey and helps us improve in the future.
The 2021 Census is getting closer
Preparations for the next England & Wales Census in 2021 are well underway. A successful Census Test was held earlier this year (in Wales it took place in the North of Powys) with the key objective of testing on-line processes as the next Census is due to be predominantly online. A whole range of other activity is also taking place including finalising plans for questions. Last month the ONS Census Director Ian Cope published an update on how these plans are going and confirmed that there will be a new question on armed forces in the next Census.
We are working very closely with ONS on preparations for the next Census and always welcome feedback from users in Wales on anything related to the Census.
04 December 2017