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Jersey’s Performance Framework: measuring sustainable wellbeing

What is sustainable wellbeing?

Sustainable wellbeing is a new way of measuring the progress of a society. In the past, countries have focused on measuring Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross Value Added (GVA) to monitor how well their country is performing. 

Sustainable wellbeing is a more holistic concept and uses different tools to measure how well society is doing across the key areas that are contributing to human wellbeing. It focuses on long-term progress rather than short-term intervention, and measures:

  • Community wellbeing - the quality of people’s lives
  • Environmental wellbeing – the quality of the natural world around us
  • Economic wellbeing – how well the economy is performing

The Government of Jersey has made a strong commitment to sustainable wellbeing. The Public Finances (Jersey) Law 2019 requires the Council of Ministers to take into account the sustainable wellbeing of current and future generations when they develop the Government Plan. This change means that sustainable wellbeing is now central to the way Government makes decisions and designs public services.

Jersey's Performance Framework

Jersey's Performance Framework

The Performance Framework is where we measure the progress that Jersey makes towards achieving sustainable wellbeing. We use objective measures (those that include data and figures) and subjective measures (those that include what people think and feel).

It includes different aspects of sustainable wellbeing, such as:

  • Community wellbeing - the quality of people’s lives
  • Environmental wellbeing – the quality of the natural world around us
  • Economic wellbeing – how well the economy is performing

The Performance Framework is for all of Jersey. It measures the progress Jersey makes against the various aspects of sustainable wellbeing.

Government will use the Performance Framework to inform its decisions. It will also help the government to engage with charities, businesses and communities to:

  • put children first
  • create a sustainable, vibrant economy and skilled local workforce for the future
  • reduce income inequality and improve the standard of living
  • protect and value our environment
  • improve Islanders’ wellbeing, enabling them to lead active lives and benefit from the arts, culture and heritage

The outcomes in Jersey’s Performance Framework have been chosen because they:

  • help to achieve the community vision for the next 30 years, known as Future Jersey
  • focus on the things that Islanders think are important (as captured in ‘Future Jersey’)
  • reflect internationally best practice, such as the OECD Better Life Index

Measuring progress: see how well Jersey is doing

The Performance Framework allows us to see how Jersey is progressing. It is made up of different ‘storyboards’ which bring together data from a range of sources. Each storyboard focuses on a specific topic that tells us about the quality of life in Jersey and is structured in the following way.

Island Outcome

A condition of wellbeing for Jersey, all Islanders or target groups
eg: We will feel safe and secure at home, work and in public.

Indicators

These quantify Jersey's progress towards an outcome. eg: crime rate, road traffic collision (RTC) rates.

You can access the Jersey’s Performance Framework and see all the data for how Jersey is doing by clicking on any of the individual storyboards in the table below.  This will allow you to explore all of the data in more detail.

​Wellbeing section 
​Sub-section
​Storyboard
Community wellbeing
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​Children

​All children in Jersey have the best start in life

All children in Jersey live healthy lives

All children in Jersey learn and achieve

All children in Jersey grow up safely

All children in Jersey are valued and involved

​Health and wellbeing
Islanders benefit from healthy lifestyles

Islanders are protected against social and environmental health hazards

Islanders can access high quality, effective health services

Islanders with long-term health conditions enjoy a good quality of life

Mental health and wellbeing are fundamental to quality of life in Jersey
​Safety and security
​Islanders are safe and protected at home, work and in public
​Vibrant and inclusive community
Islanders enjoy living in a vibrant and inclusive community

Islanders engage in the public decisions that affect their Island
​Economic wellbeing
​Affordable living
​Islanders are able to afford a decent standard of living
​Jobs and growth
​Islanders benefit from a strong, sustainable economy and rewarding job opportunities
​Environmental wellbeing


​Built environment
​St Helier is an attractive town to live in, work in and visit

Islanders live in secure, quality homes that they can afford

Jersey benefits from a safe, sustainable transport system
​Natural environment
​Jersey's unique natural environment is protected and conserved for future generations
​Sustainable resources
​Jersey's natural resources are managed and used responsibly

How it works: working together to achieve sustainable wellbeing for everyone

Sustainable wellbeing is complex and as the Performance Framework shows, it covers many aspects of life. It cannot be delivered by one person or one organisation, it is a shared responsibility and requires all of us to work together. Healthy lifestyles are also personal choices.

Government has an important role to play in setting the policy direction and delivering services that are contributing to creating the conditions for positive progress. In addition, working with the community, the charitable sector and the private sector has made a big difference for many.

Jersey’s Performance Framework is there for all to make us see where we can contribute to continue to make Jersey a good place to live and to create the conditions for a positive future for the next generations.

Resources: further links and information

Statistics Jersey – about the Statistics Jersey team and access to detailed information on a variety of statistical releases.

OECD Better Life Index – background and official webpage.

Jersey Better Life Index – see how Jersey is doing across the OECD Better Life Index metrics.

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