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Information inspires change

The Happiness Project is a snapshot of quality of life across Australia and its aim is to further national debate, generate understanding and empower communities to advocate for change.

It helps identify some of the regions that are battling with social, economic or environmental disadvantage.

At the same time, it also highlights many regions that are doing well in various aspects of the Happiness Project — whether through their volunteering rates, their educational achievements or their low crime rates — and the initiatives, programs and structures that might have contributed to high quality of life.

At the heart of this project is the belief that information inspires change. We want people to interact with the data via the Happiness Project map, to talk about it with others and to consider the results and their implications.

At the same time, data without context is somewhat hollow, and we hope the stories our students have written about some of the broad trends might start to offer some context around the complex social, economic and political factors that might influence the findings.