The Report on the Survey

This report describes the findings from the National Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Survey. The aim of the survey was to find out if people feel that they belong and feel valued and respected in their communities and to determine how respondents evaluate their own sense of wellbeing. It also sought to assess how the combination of marginal identities affects wellbeing and social inclusion.

The findings indicate that disabled people experience poorer mental wellbeing and social inclusion compared to non-disabled people. The findings further highlight that identifying as a member of more than one marginalised group, such as being disabled and a member of the LGBTQI+ community, increases the risk of social exclusion and poorer wellbeing.

The research report explores these issues in more depth and is available to download below including an Easy-to-Read summary. The questionnaires used are available further down the page.

How’s it going? Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Survey Report - Full Report

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How’s it going? Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Survey Report Summary - Easy to Read

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Launch of the Survey Report

The 'How’s it going? Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Survey Report' was launched at a hybrid event on 31 January 2023.

The event included:

  • Opening remarks and welcome from Dr Aideen Hartney and message from Minister O’Gorman
  • Presentation of the survey findings (NDA staff members)
  • Personal perspectives on social inclusion and social participation from
    • Catherine Cooper
    • Orla Casey
    • Tony Wilkinson
  • Questions and Answers – Panel

The event was followed by a consultation (in-person and online) which was not recorded.

Background to the Survey

The National Disability Authority launched a national survey on wellbeing and social inclusion on 12th April 2022. The anonymous survey was open to all adults living in Ireland and was made available in English, Irish, Irish Sign Language, Polish and Romanian.

The report of the survey findings was published on Jan 31st 2023. While it is not representative of the general population, the findings provide valuable insights into the social inclusion and wellbeing of marginalised groups particularly disabled people and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The survey was available online, but you can download a copy of the survey including the Easy-to-Read versions below.

Hows it Going Survey Questionnaire (ONLINE)

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Hows it Going Survey Questionnaire - Easy to Read - (With Alt Text)

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