Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project

RAND experts and Santa Monica city officials discuss the Wellbeing Project, which aims to evaluate overall community wellbeing and incorporate these results into city planning and governance. The Wellbeing Project was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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  • Aerial view of Santa Monica city and beach

    Measuring Wellbeing to Help Communities Thrive

    Nov 22, 2016

    The city of Santa Monica wanted to incorporate wellbeing into city planning, policies, and programs. RAND researchers, as part of a team of experts, helped create a framework for measuring wellbeing and applying the findings to city planning.

  • The entrance to the Santa Monica Pier at sunset

    Wellbeing Project to Weave Science Into Government Decisions

    Apr 29, 2015

    Anita Chandra

    Wellbeing is about individuals having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life. There are countless things that cities do that either contribute or detract from that sense of meaning. Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project is working to fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens.

  • Video about project to improve Santa Monica residents' well-being

    RAND Is Helping Santa Monica Measure the City's Overall Well-Being

    Mar 1, 2013

    RAND is helping its hometown of Santa Monica, Calif., become the first city in America to use a measurement of overall wellbeing to drive public policy.