Aligning institutions & stakeholders for wellbeing

How do you ensure that the people and organisations you need to work with are aligned to achieve your vision? How can you guard against failure by involving diverse groups early on?
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Purpose

To empower stakeholders and align institutions to jointly achieve priority wellbeing outcomes.

Building a wellbeing economy requires more than just different measures of progress, it is about changing how we work together to achieve that progress. It requires an appreciation that since the determinants of our wellbeing are multi-dimensional, all outcomes must be co-produced by a wide variety of actors, such as government, business, communities, and citizens.

As you work towards achieving your wellbeing goals, you will want to consider how best to align government departments and local authorities to effectively work together, instead of in silos, to achieve the priority wellbeing outcomes, while simultaneously allowing space for individuals, communities, businesses, and other stakeholders to meaningfully contribute to achievement of these goals as well. This requires adjusting governmental systems and structures so that they encourage a joined-up and co-creative approach to developing strategies and delivering public services to achieve wellbeing goals.

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  • Ensure wide-spread government involvement (across levels and departments) early on in the process, so that all agencies have clear understanding of the priority wellbeing goals and can take the lead in coordinating efforts in accordance with their mandates.
  • Develop a multi-stakeholder and intergovernmental committee to support and coordinate strategy development.
  • Present the achievement of your wellbeing vision as medium- to long-term initiative that transcends political administrations, to ensure continuity.
  • Instigate any necessary institutional reforms to better align agencies that may have conflicting mandates to priority wellbeing goals.
  • Begin with the wellbeing economy goals and discuss with all stakeholders their role in achieving the objectives.
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder and community discussions to identify the legitimate role of government in instigating changes and areas where households, private sector or civil society should take the lead.
  • Map the power of stakeholders to promote or constrain movement towards the wellbeing goals.