25 Nov '11, 12pm

Local government and well-being revisited | Juliet Michaelson

Local government and well-being revisited | Juliet Michaelson

Fully embedding an overarching well-being goal represents a major change to the way in which local government understands itself. Rather than a collection of separate departments each toiling away to meet separate targets and strategic aims, it becomes a unified organization working towards a clear, measurable overall goal, with cross-cutting intermediate outcomes which help to get there. For example, one participant described how it would be possible to develop ‘person-based outcomes across the system’, giving the example of ‘the four readinesses: readiness for school, work, parenting and retirement’, instead of siloed outcomes such as reducing obesity. Another talked about how health and well-being outcomes had driven the development of different specific strategies within his local area, so that, for example, the transport strategy had been transformed by a well-being a...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2011/11/25/local-governm...

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