This website is dedicated to publishing Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research's works on Gross National Happiness. The Centre is a government autonomous organisation that is mandated to carry out research on GNH. In order to develop the GNH indicators, the first pilot GNH Survey was carried out in 2006 with 350 respondents. The questionnaire was further refined after the pilot survey and it was administered to 950 respondents from 12 dzongkhags. The questionnaire was again reviewed and refined for a nation wide GNH Survey which was carried out in 2010. This Survey result was then used to develop the indicators and set benchmark values for the different indicators that were used for the GNH Index. The next nation wide GNH Survey was carried out in 2015. The results of both these surveys are available under Publications, Survey Report category.
GNH Dissemination Works: 1. GNH Workshop for 103 tourist guides at Tarayana Conference Hall on 30th January 2017 2. GNH presentation to media personnel at the Centre's Conference hall on 7th February 2017 3. GNH presentation to planning officers of head offices in Thimphu and 20 dzongkhags at Olathang, Paro on 11th February 2017
The Third Gross National Happiness (GNH) Survey was conducted from January to May 2015 with financial support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Royal Government of Bhutan. The GNH Survey presents a great detail of information on various aspects of Bhutanese people’s lives that are pertinent to wellbeing measurement and analysis. It can be used to generate policy recommendations, as well as to inform different institutions on the achievements and issues in their areas or sectors of operation. The 2015 GNH Survey used a sample of 7,153 people aged 15 years and above. A four-stage stratified random sampling method was adopted for the survey. For the first time, 29.9 percent of the interviews was conducted using tablets [Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI)] with the support from the World Bank.
“If the government cannot create happiness for its people, then there is no purpose for government to exist.” - Legal code of Bhutan (1729) "Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product." - His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan “Gross National Happiness measures the quality of a country in more holistic way and believes that the beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occurs side by side to complement and reinforce each other.” - His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Fifth King of Bhutan
This report is a demonstration of how projects and programs can be evaluated using the GNH index methodology. The Centre used the 2015 GNH Survey questionnaire for the Monggar district to evaluate the impact of Horticulture Research and Development Project (HRDP) that is introduced to the six eastern dzongkhags by RNR RDC, Wengkhar in collaboration with JICA, Bhutan.
Conduct evaluative studies on existing programmes of the government and providing feedback on the basis of which the Royal Government can improve programmes and policies. Support basic research by other agencies in Bhutan. Conduct inter-disciplinary studies of Bhutan in its social, cultural, and economics aspects, focussing largely, but not exclusively, on contemporary issues. Publish occasional research papers Read more at http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt
Conference proceedings: 1. GNH Development 2. Rethinking Development 3. Towards Global Transformation 4. Gross National Happiness: Practice and Measurement Download or read these proceedings online at http://www.grossnationalhappiness.com/category/conference-proceedings/
It contains presentations on the 2010 GNH Survey findings, GNH Index Methodology, GNH's nine domains and their indicators. Download them from http://www.slideshare.net/CentreforBhutanStudies?utm_campaign=profiletracking&utm_medium=sssite&utm_source=ssslideview
It contains videos on GNH, mostly made after the 2010 GNH Survey.
GNH is development with values.