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World Wellbeing Panel

What the survey is about

The World Wellbeing Panel is about the promotion of wellbeing as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government. To this end, we will ask an international panel of experts a monthly question of wellbeing policy relevance. The answers are given on personal title and via this poll we will foster debates about policy in terms of their impacts on wellbeing, which over time should lead to better policies and decisions.
View our panel comments on our latest survey - Understanding the effect of policy on national wellbeing. Understanding the effect of policy on national wellbeing: View the latest results

Watch Professor Paul Frijters present the launch of the World Wellbeing Panel survey


How the survey is run

Each month a question is selected from a prior list suggested by our experts, policy makers, and journalists. The question will be vetted with a steering group for language and suitability. Then it is sent out to 40-50 international experts who can express their agreement or disagreement with the question, and provide a short explanation of their answers, including urls to external websites if they wish.

The results of the poll are then written up by World Wellbeing Group members, after which it is disseminated amongst journalists, politicians, and anyone on the dissemination list.

Oversight to this process is in the hands of a steering group made up of Professors Richard Layard, Andrew Clark, Paul Dolan, Paul Frijters, Nick Powdthavee, John Helliwell, and Ruut Veenhoven. The majority of this steering group and the direct management team (Paul Frijters, Nick Powdthavee, and Tony Beatton) are associated with the LSE.