Measuring what matters: the role of well-being methods in development policy and practice

Allister McGregor, Sarah Coulthard, Laura Camfield

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Abstract

In this paper we explore how the measurement of human well-being might contribute to making development policy and practice more effective. While most of the current initiatives are to develop measures of well-being at the level of the nation state (for the purposes of national policy deliberation or for between state comparisons), this paper focuses on a less prominent discussion about how the concept of well-being might be made relevant for the development frontline: for development policy and practice at the level of the project or programme (Rojas, 2008; Camfield and McGregor, 2009). In particular it considers how a comprehensive assessment of human well-being, and particularly one that integrates consideration of subjective well-being, might be adopted into the routines of development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationonline
PublisherOverseas Development Institute
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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