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Assessing preference and potential for working from anywhere: A spatial index for Ireland

The Working from Anywhere Index (WFAI), designed by EnvEcon, is a composite indicator which can produce a spatially refined analysis of feasibility to work from anywhere (WFA). It allows for an informed choice by decision makers regarding the success or possible need for adaption of a specific policy instrument. As applied to the Irish case, it is based on both relevant literature and publicly available Irish datasets that are routinely updated in the system.

Analysis with the WFAI is undertaken using GIS software at Small Area (SA) level. In total, there are 18,641 SAs in Ireland each containing, on average, 80 to 120 households. The composite approach allows for a multidimensional analysis by combining six indicators which inform two weighted categories which relate to: 1) WFA Feasibility Factors (FWFA) and 2) WFA Personal Preference Factors (PWFA). The application of the WFAI is not limited to understanding how changes in certain parameters will influence feasibility to WFA; it can also demonstrate how policy may design or modify interventions to manage changes. It can be used to assist policymakers in estimating the impact of a range of different hypothetical policies and interventions. For example, the impact of enhanced access to high-speed broadband on the WFAI.

The full internationally peer reviewed methodology is available here.

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