National Indicators: mapping the indicators to the well-being goals

In a previous post on the national indicators, we asked for your views on the set of national well-being indicators, and any gaps that the pandemic had highlighted as important to national well-being.

These indicators were set by Welsh Ministers to measure progress towards achieving the seven well-being goals. Each indicator was mapped to one or more well-being goals as part of the 2015-16 consultation and laying of indicators. Based on recent feedback, we would like to hear your views on the current mapping of indicators to goals to ensure this is still the best it can be.

What are the well-being goals?

The seven well-being goals show the kind of Wales we want to see. Together they provide a shared vision for the public bodies listed in the Well-being of Future Generations Act to work towards. They are a set of goals – the Act makes it clear the listed public bodies must work to achieve all of the goals, not just one or two. The goals are:

  • A Prosperous Wales – An innovative, productive and low carbon society which recognises the limits of the global environment and therefore uses resources efficiently and proportionately (including acting on climate change); and which develops a skilled and well-educated population in an economy which generates wealth and provides employment opportunities, allowing people to take advantage of the wealth generated through securing decent work.
  • A Resilient Wales – A nation which maintains and enhances a bio-diverse natural environment with healthy functioning ecosystems that support social, economic and ecological resilience and the capacity to adapt to change (for example, climate change).
  • A Healthier Wales – A society in which people’s physical and mental well-being is maximised and in which choices and behaviours that benefit future health are understood.
  • A More Equal Wales – A society that enables people to fulfil their potential no matter what their background or circumstances (including their socio economic background and circumstances).
  • A Wales of Cohesive Communities – Attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.
  • A Wales of Vibrant Culture and Thriving Welsh Language – A society that promotes and protects culture, heritage and the Welsh language, and which encourages people to participate in the arts, sports and recreation.
  • A Globally Responsible Wales – A nation which, when doing anything to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, takes account of whether doing such a thing may make a positive contribution to global well-being. Goal 7 recognises that in an inter-connected world what we do to make Wales a sustainable nation can have positive and adverse impacts outside of Wales.

The current mapping of indicators to goals can be seen in the infographic below and on the national indicator dashboard, or using the interactive mapping of indicators to Well-being and UN Sustainable Development Goals tool.

Re-mapping the indicators: How you can help

To gather your views on the mapping of national indicators to well-being goals, we have created a survey form which lets you allocate indicators to what you think are the best fitting goals. For each indicator you can assign goals, remove goals you feel are not appropriate for that indicator, or leave the current mapping as it is.

Before suggesting changes for an indicator, please make sure you are familiar with the description of the goal being added or removed. More information on the indicators can be found on the online webpages or in the technical description document.

Please provide your response by 11th February 2022

Thank you for taking the time to share your views, and happy mapping!

As always, you can send any comments or suggestions to the Shaping Wales’ Future mailbox.   

Email: ShapingWalesFuture@gov.wales