If wellbeing is the goal of society, to inform our policies and be the basis for making everyday decisions on how to spend our time and money, it is necessary to understand the full breadth of what drives our wellbeing, and how these drivers interact with each other.
In this week’s Centre blog, Nancy Hey talks about our latest project, Covid:WIRED, a new and unique online dashboard looking at emerging research on the impact of the pandemic on different populations and on different outcomes starting with subjective wellbeing and its six drivers.
By looking at inequalities in the change in wellbeing, we can identify which societal groups have been hardest hit. Humans are resilient – some of these changes will return to normal without much of an impact, but some won’t and can have longer term effects on people’s lives.
This evidence can be used to inform the design of policies and programming to take into account how some people may have been affected by multiple drivers of wellbeing all at once and how existing inequalities and vulnerabilities may have been exacerbated, requiring a doubling down on addressing inequality in the UK.
For more information, click on the Research Evidence Dashboard below.