Whole-of-Government Wellbeing Approaches: A Comparative Analysis of Four Central Government Initiatives
Wellbeing approaches are innovative initiatives for incorporating wellbeing (or quality of life) indicators into policymaking and budget allocation processes. Among other things, they aim to guide and improve the intersectoral action needed to address population health and health inequalities. In order to inform decision making related to wellbeing approaches, the NCCHPP has produced a comparative analysis of four wellbeing approaches put forward by the governments of Scotland, Finland, New Zealand, and Wales.
As part of its series on wellbeing policy approaches, the NCCHPP has invited noted public health scholar, Dr. Lindsay McLaren, to offer a critical perspective on the risks and opportunities of this policy turn for public health.
This Fact Sheet presents the recent turn to wellbeing in the policy making of central governments and considers whether it holds promise as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.