In June, the German federal government published an English version of its Government Report on Wellbeing in Germany ('Gut leben in Deutschland'). The interactive report is a benchmark for successful policies affecting wellbeing, in addition to showing policymakers and citizens the most important issues and their development over time.
“The national dialogue and this report represent the German government’s first step in measuring wellbeing in all its diversity as a socio-political target”, the government writes.
The report’s indicators function as key performance indicators (KPIs), that operationalise and quantify high-level strategic goals, ePractice reported in a March 2017 study.
The government plans to update the the Report on Wellbeing in Germany once per legislative period. This will also allow fresh debate on fundamental aspects, tweaking of indicators and dimensions, and filling in gaps in data.
Already, seven improvements are planned for monitoring of several key dimensions, such as health, education, security and economy. When looking at education, for example, future editions should include professional training when determining eductational mobility. New editions should also look at biodiversity in greater detail, and improve measurements of constraints on employment by including questions on caring for relatives, child care and commute time.
The Report on Wellbeing is the outcome of an eParticipation program that was launched in April 2015. The programme was set up to create a national dialogue on the quality of life in the country, and managed to get some 15,750 people to participate.