The Global Flourishing Study Promotes Open Science Practices and Releases Wave One Open Access of Research Data

February 13th, 2024,
Global Flourishing Study

The wave one dataset from the Global Flourishing Study (GFS) initiative is now available to researchers.

The GFS, a partnership among researchers at Baylor University and Harvard University, Gallup, and the Center for Open Science (COS) is a five-year study of more than 200,000 individuals in over 20 countries. This groundbreaking initiative aims to measure global human flourishing across six key dimensions:

  • Happiness and life satisfaction
  • Mental and physical health
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Character and virtue
  • Close social relationships
  • Material and financial stability

The GFS data is poised to become a valuable resource for researchers, journalists, policymakers, and educators worldwide, offering unprecedented insights into the factors contributing to individual and societal well-being. Data can be accessed through the Open Science Framework (OSF) - COS’s free, open source project management and collaboration tool that supports researchers throughout the entire research lifecycle. While previous studies have focused on tracking respondents within a single country over time, the GFS's extensive scope sets it apart as the largest study of its kind, promising to illuminate the complexities of human flourishing on a global scale.

“The Open Science Framework and the expertise of COS makes this possible,” said Dr. Huajin Wang, COS’s Director of Programs. “COS is thrilled to be stewarding the data access process and ensuring that everyone around the globe is able to access this unprecedented data.”

You can access GFS data in three ways:

  • Preregistration: Preregister an analysis plan now to receive access to the wave one dataset at
  • Registered Report: Access is also available to those who submit a Registered Report to a journal. With Registered Reports, a journal reviews the preregistration plan and agrees to publish the findings regardless of the outcome, reducing publication bias.
  • Public release: Those wishing to receive the data without preregistration can access the non-sensitive data for each wave a year after the initial release.

For more information on GFS’s data access, visit:

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