CBS to compile a Monitor of well-being
The policy assessment agencies – the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) – will also contribute to the Monitor. In addition they will conduct a periodic exploration of well-being based on the monitor.
The Monitor of well-being is the follow-through of the recommendations by the temporary parliamentary committee on a broad definition of welfare, chaired by Rik Grashoff. In its report, the committee concluded that there is a need for a single authoritative instrument to present the wide range of available information on well-being clearly and concisely, and based on up-to-date data.
The Monitor of well-being will be published annually in the spring. On the basis of the Monitor, the Cabinet will deliver its considerations with respect to the state of well-being in the Netherlands. This state of affairs and the Cabinet’s considerations will subsequently constitute part of the accountability debate in the House of Representatives on the third Wednesday in May. This means the Monitor of Well-being will serve as the instrument to facilitate the public and political debate on well-being.
Quicker statistics and improved presentationThe three editions of the Sustainability monitor for the Netherlands can be viewed as the foundation for the Monitor of well-being. The indicators used in the Sustainability monitor will be updated one more time, this April. This update will be published with an accompanying article. The Sustainability monitor will then be converted to a Monitor of well-being in accordance with the recommendations of the committee report.
To be able to publish the Monitor of well-being every spring, CBS will have to publish a number of statistics earlier in the year. It also intends to design an attractive and easy-to-understand presentation for the Monitor.