6th February 2021

The Government has agreed on an approach to begin work on an overarching Well-being Framework for Ireland. A Framework for Wellbeing is a way of establishing a well-rounded, holistic view of how our society is performing, alongside the existing economic measurement tools. The Framework will be used across Government to inform policy-making, complementing existing tools for policy analysis.

Announcing the initiative, The Taoiseach, Michael Martin said:

I am delighted to announce that work will begin on a Well-Being Framework for Ireland, which is a key commitment in the Programme for Government. We are all very familiar with the economic measurements of how our country is doing. We also know how our well-being and living standards, individually and as a nation, depends on much more besides. The framework will give us a more complete, holistic picture of where we are and where we need to be and will be a valuable asset as we make policy into the future.

The development of the Well-Being Framework will be led by the Departments of the Taoiseach, Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, alongside a Working Group chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach involving a broad range of Government Departments, the Central Statistics Office, and the National Economic and Social Council.  The initial results of this work will be submitted to Government in Summer 2021; full development of the Framework will be an iterative process over a number of years.

Welcoming the news, Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte said:

I am thrilled to see the boat sailing away from the safety of the harbour in relation to well-being in our society and its inclusion in all aspects of policy-making.  Irish society is constantly evolving and diverse, and this should always be reflected at policy level.

The development of the Framework will be supported by consultation and engagement to ensure it reflects the priorities of Irish society and the diversity of people’s lived experiences. The National Economic and Social Council will play an important role as the vehicle for this consultation.

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