Month: October 2014

Evidence Programme for What Works Centre for Wellbeing – Applicants Workshop 5th November

The Centre’s evidence programme is being commissioned in partnership with the Economic & Social Research Council. A synthesis of the evidence about what works to improve wellbeing is being comissioned in the following areas: 1. Cross cutting capabilities 2. Work and Learning 3. Commnuities – social networks, govenance, built environment 4. Culture and Sport Register today for the applicants workshop in Birmingham on 5th November. → apply...

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What Works Centre for Wellbeing announced today

Lord Gus O‘Donnell has announced that a new ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ is being set up to bring together evidence about what works to improve wellbeing and to put that evidence into the hands of those that need it to make decisions. The establishment of an independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing builds on the ONS Measuring National Wellbeing Programme and the Commission on Wellbeing and Policy. The Centre joins a network of independent What Works Centres that are responsible for distilling and sharing the evidence to support decision making. The Centre is a collaboration and has initial funding of over £3.5million over three years, in-kind resourcing and the support of a broad group of founding partners.  Today’s announcement is in partnership with BT, Happy City and Bristol City Council. Also published today are: BIS research into the drivers of workplace wellbeing and its links with business performance a new dataset from ONS combining the first three years of national personal wellbeing data to enable a more robust local level analysis specifications by the ESRC for the Centre’s evidence programme Why What Works The What Works Initiative is based on the principle that good decision-making should be informed by the best available evidence on what works and what does not. It aims to improve public services for people and communities by ensuring that resources are focused on those things which will have...

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Happy City Index

WHY Local governments, cities in particular, are the coalface for wellbeing work. National policies can help (or hinder) the conditions for wellbeing, but it is local government that is in the driving seat of actions to support improvement. They can’t do this alone – all stakeholders – public, private, voluntary and individual citizens need to be enabled to improve their own wellbeing. Currently, none of these parties have the information to help them do that. The Happy City Index (and related training and engagement tools) provide it at all these levels. WHAT The Happy City Index is an accessible...

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Getting ready

The development team for the what works centre for wellbeing are getting ready to start work. The Alliance for useful evidence event in May gives great background about why there should be a what works centre for wellbeing and what it might do. Please follow the blog to hear more from the end of...

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