Understanding Well-being Data

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Event details

Wednesday 28 February 2024
Free attendance, but please fill in the booking form.


A presentation and discussion of Dr Susan Oman's book Understanding Well-being Data.

Organised by the Digital Societies Research Group

‘Following the data’ became a familiar phrase in Covid-19 policy communications. Well-being data are pivotal in decisions that affect our life chances, livelihoods and quality of life. They are increasingly valuable to companies with their eyes on profit, organisations looking to make a social impact, and governments focussed on societal problems. This event introduces the book Understanding Well-being Data: Improving Social and Cultural Policy, Practice and Research. The presentation follows well-being data back centuries, showing they have long been used to track the health and wealth of society. It will question assumptions that have underpinned over 200 years of social science, statistical and policy work. Understanding Well-being Data is a readable, introductory book with real-life examples. Understanding the contexts of data and decision-making are critical for policy, practice and research that aims to do good, or at least avoid harm. Through its comprehensive survey and critical lens, this book provides tools to promote better understanding of the power and potential of well-being data for society, and the limits of their application.

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