This week saw the launch of the Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project. Dr. Aideen McGinley, chair of the project’s advisory group and co-chair of the Carnegie Roundtable on Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland explains the thinking behind it Across the UK and Ireland, there is an increasing recognition that a good quality of life starts with the local. Whether you call this the Enabling State, localism or community empowerment, there is a greater understanding that people need more control of their own lives. And this is being matched by efforts to measure wellbeing at a more local level, progressing from the OECD’s Better Life Index, to frameworks at city, regional and local level, to wellbeing in our communities. In Northern Ireland, the executive has shown leadership in embedding a wellbeing and outcomes-based approach in the draft Programme for Government. While the current political impasse has stalled the roll out of a wellbeing approach at central government level, the reform … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is former Editor of New Start magazine