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Understanding Well-Being Data - (New Directions in Cultural Policy Research) by Susan Oman (Paperback)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 400

Genre: Political Science

Sub-Genre: Public Policy

Series Title: New Directions in Cultural Policy Research

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

Book theme: Cultural Policy

Author: Susan Oman

Language: English

Street Date: October 7, 2021
TCIN: 85835241
UPC: 9783030729394
Item Number (DPCI): 247-13-8847
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Book Synopsis

1: The Historical and Policy Context.- 2 Methodological Context.- 3 The Application of subjective well-being in decision-making.- 4 Well-being Measures and Culture.- 5 moving towards a better use of well-being to understand the value of culture.- 6 NO FEAR Practical guidelines on how to deal with evidence on cultural value and well-being.- 7 Finding a working model of subjective well-being for the cultural sector.

From the Back Cover

This Open Access book addresses the need to think about well-being data: how well-being is understood and the ways evidence is ostensibly used to improve society. Well-being data is pivotal in decisions that affect our life chances, livelihoods and quality of life. It is increasingly valuable to companies with their eyes on profit, organisations looking to make a social impact, and governments focussed on societal problems. 'Following the data' is a now-familiar phrase in Covid-19 policy communications. This book follows well-being data back centuries, showing it has long been used to track the health and wealth of society. It questions assumptions that have underpinned over 200 years of social science, statistical and policy work.

Understanding Well-being Data is a readable, introductory book with real-life examples. It offers practitioners an accessible view 'under-the-bonnet' of data collection, analyses and uses to see how they actually operate and what they enact. Understanding the contexts of data and decision-making are critical for policy, practice and research that aims to do good, or at least avoid harm. While the limitations of well-being data remain unaddressed, its positive contribution for society can never be fully realised. Through its comprehensive survey and critical lens, this book provides tools to promote better understanding of the power and potential of well-being data, and the limits of their application.

About the Author

Susan Oman, Lecturer in Data, AI and Society, researches how data and evidence work in practice, looking at particular policy issues, such as well-being and inequality.

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