We want to live in a society that is beyond materially wealthy, where people live meaningful lives, satisfied with their life and surroundings and trust and help each other. Social cohesion and subjective well-being measurements complement existing measures of national progress and emphasise the views of individuals about what should be the most important aspects of well-being.

Therefore, we hope the Social Well-being Survey report  will help improve our understanding of the factors driving societal progress and will strengthen the evidence-base for policy making. 

This Report uses the broader notion of subjective well-being which allows for a more precise measurement of the relationship between subjectivity and society. As such the report goes beyond the shortcomings of happiness discourse which is accompanied by an emerging “happiness industry” and is seen as an individual goal. 

The Social Well-being Survey used face-to-face interviews using tablets and paper questionnaires with 2318 people, aged 15 and older. The survey was conducted four times between June 2016 and November 2017. Aimags and cities included in the analysis are:  Bayankhongor, Dornod, Gobi-Altai, Khentii, Khovd, Selenge, Umnugobi, Uvurkhangai, Zavkhan aimags and Darkhan, Erdenet and Ulaanbaatar cities.

This initiative of conducting general social surveys to inform policies is representative of IRIM’s commitment and vision of becoming a knowledge center of Mongolia’s development issues. 

We need the help of supporters, partners and champions to turn data into better policies and investments that truly improve people’s lives. We intend to continue measuring social cohesion and subjective well-being in Mongolia, publish all our data online, make it available both in English and Mongolian, expand its coverage and extend its outreach for meaningful policy change.

Join our efforts:

  • Make a financial contribution to our mission
  • Donate your time and volunteer
  • Use our survey report and data in your work
  • Establish academic partnerships with us
  • Establish policy partnerships with us
  • Share your thoughts about the survey.

Please more information: http://www.irim.mn/Well-Being-Study