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Embedding Wellbeing Frameworks

Carnegie UK has been a leading advocate for wellbeing frameworks for over a decade. Wellbeing frameworks are a mechanism for bringing together data on social, economic, environmental and democratic wellbeing into a single dashboard to give a comprehensive overview of social progress. By holding the best available data on wellbeing in one place, these frameworks help governments focus on what really matters. We have published international case studies on how governments and civil society organisations measure wellbeing; produced guidance on wellbeing frameworks for cities and regions; produced a toolkit for measuring wellbeing at towns level and supported the devolved governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland to devise and implement wellbeing frameworks.

Our current programmes are:

  1. Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: Carnegie UK has provided financial and in-kind support to three Community Planning Partnerships to implement wellbeing frameworks and approaches. We have been working in-depth in the following local authority areas: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council; Derry City and Strabane District Council; and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, and have strengthened our strategic partnership with the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), in regard to all councils and wider policy engagement. The project has provided the Community Planning Partnerships with support on co-production and shared leadership, which were identified as ways of working that are key to the success of the Community Planning process; improving wellbeing outcomes; and strengthening the ‘golden thread’ between the tiers of government. The project will conclude in autumn 2021.
  2. Wellbeing in the North of Tyne: The newly established Roundtable on Wellbeing in the North of Tyne, is a project to understand how the region can put wellbeing at the heart of the recovery from the pandemic. The partnership between Carnegie UK and the North of Tyne Combined Authority brings together experts, local policy makers, and practitioners to think about recovery ‘in the round’ recognising that COVID-19 is a social, health and economic crisis. The roundtable on Wellbeing in the North of Tyne will explore whether wellbeing offers a useful framing for the recovery: what need to be the priorities, and what data is available to chart progress towards these outcomes. The roundtable launch comes after a successful online event in December 2020, when many local stakeholders came together to discuss the potential for wellbeing to contribute to the pandemic recovery. In addition to taking expert evidence and stakeholder submissions, the members of the roundtable will be exploring how to hear the views of people across the North of Tyne Combined Authority to ensure that the recommendations take account of what matters most to citizens. The roundtable will report by the end of 2021.

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