Future Generations Commissioner: Future Generations Framework

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires a new way of thinking about how our public services are delivered in Wales.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires a new way of thinking about how our public services are delivered in Wales. 

We have developed a Future Generations Framework for projects, in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, to support the public sector and others to deliver projects and infrastructure fit for the future. It is intended to be used by those considering the need for infrastructure projects and in planning, design and delivery.

Based on the five ways of working and the seven well-being goals of the Act, the Framework is comprehensive and will help people understand how both the national wellbeing goals and the ways of working in the Act, as well as local wellbeing objectives, can be used to inform the design and development of projects and major initiatives.

Using this framework will help projects to be developed in an integrated and collaborative way, based on what people need and supporting the well-being of communities today as well as in the long-term. It can be used to plan against the statutory duties under the Act and help embed the spirit of the Act through, for example, a reduction in raw material consumption, waste production, moving us towards a low-carbon, clean energy, resilient and more equal society, providing secure and well-paid jobs, and building well-connected resilient environments for everyone in Wales.

The Framework has been designed to be an interactive tool and is accompanied by the Future Generations Framework Guidelines which will give you step by step guidance on how to use the Framework.

We are also collaborating with Welsh Government and other organisations to ensure a coordinated approach to developing these resources. A Framework for Service Design has been developed by Welsh Government and ourselves.  Similarly, I have worked with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales to develop “The Right Way: a Wales Future Fit for Children” – a toolkit which will help public bodies consider the UN Convention on the rights of the child, alongside the requirements of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. These resources can be used for different purposes but are designed to be complementary.

This is the first version of the Framework. We want it to evolve and have committed to keeping it under review and updated based on feedback we receive from users.

Please share any feedback you have with contactus@futuregenerations.wales