Alternative Indicators of Well-being for Melanesia: Vanuatu Pilot Study Report

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Vanuatu National Statistics Office
Culture

The objective of this pilot study on well-being in Vanuatu is to open dialogue on well-being at a national level to inform the indicators and formalize them into national and local-level governance procedures. It follows that the results of the pilot study reported here will not serve as an official baseline for ni-Vanuatu well-being. Rather, they will serve to cement the need for collection of such data at the national and provincial levels by demonstrating the value added to our understanding of well-being through such data collection. Once people are familiar with the new measures, the alternative indicators will have a practical effect on consumer and citizen behavior. Appropriate indicators direct attention towards both the causes of problems and the manner in which behavior and decisions can prevent and solve those problems. The potential behavior-modifying function of these indicators is valuable. For example, certain indicators for Melanesia will track perceived levels of trust, reciprocity, and safety. Published and disseminated information on their prevalence rates will begin to influence behavior as individuals weigh their own traits and values against the national and provincial trends.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 25, 2021
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