Survey of the Capabilities of Adults, 2005

Dowding, K. (Creator), van Hees, M. (Creator) & Anand, P. (Creator), UK Data Service, 23-Mar-2012


  • K. Dowding (Creator)
  • Martin van Hees (Creator)
  • P. Anand (Creator)
  • Brunel Univ, Brunel University


Capabilities Measurement Project
The survey is the first high income country survey designed to fully operationalise the freedom aspect of the capabilities approach based on Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum’s theoretical frameworks to welfare economics and political theory. In particular, the researchers sought to focus on the measurement of adult capabilities across a wide range of life domains delivering to a sample of approximately 1000 adults with the aid of YOUGOV, a UK based opinion polling and market research company specialising in the use of on-line panels.

The survey instrument has been translated into Spanish and is potentially suitable for replication in other countries or with different populations (this is not available at the UK Data Archive). Some of the questions are also potentially suitable for selection and incorporation into studies where understanding opportunities and constraints is important.
Date made available23-Mar-2012
PublisherUK Data Service
Geographical coverageGreat Britain
Access to the dataset Restricted

    Keywords on Datasets

  • Health, Well-being, Social behavior, attitudes, Social conditions, Adults, Anxiety, Nutrition, gender, Philosophy, income, religion, self-esteem
Related Publications
  1. The development of capability indicators

    Anand, P., Hunter, G., Carter, I., Dowding, K., Guala, F. & Van Hees, M., 2009, In : Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 10, 1, p. 125-152 28 p.

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