Evaluating policy impacts on wellbeing



To see how we performed and how we can improve for the future

We live in a complex, interconnected, and constantly changing world. No matter how visionary, strategic, or evidence-based your policies are, you will only know if they have improved wellbeing after they have been in place for some time. Only through a process of trial and error, adaptation, and innovation, will you be able to find policy solutions that best align with your particular context, values, and objectives.

This process of learning-by-doing is about assessing improvements in social and ecological wellbeing as well as reflecting on and adapting the policy design process itself. Evaluations throughout the policy design process help identify interconnections, impacts, and changes in wellbeing as well as unexpected barriers and accelerators of change.

In Porirua, Aotearoa New Zealand

the WEAll hub partnered with Maori community partner Te Hiko. They evaluated Te Hiko’s work in Porirua as an exemplar of the Wellbeing Economy in action, drawing conclusions that can improve the Wellbeing Economy Policy Design Guide and offer guidance to similar projects.

Porirua, New Zealand: “What we heard” visual report on the Te Hiko case study


Wellbeing assessments

To monitor social and ecological wellbeing over time and identify any shifts or changes


Identifying best practices and lessons learnt

To improve effectiveness of policy design processes by building on successes and learning from failures