Month: February 2015

NPC’S wellbeing measure

At NPC we have focused on well-being for many years, setting up our Wellbeing Measure to help charities and schools quantify the impact they have on the lives of 11 – 16 year olds. Used before and after an intervention to measure a change in subjective well-being, this online, survey-based tool provides them with automatic analysis of their results at a group level in relation to a national baseline. The tool was launched in 2011 after three years of development and piloting with a variety of charities. Based on a set of carefully researched and fully validated questions (answered on...

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Measuring the wellbeing of young people- NPC's Dan Corry

Today we have a guest blog from Dan Corry, the Chief Executive of NPC reflecting on the measurement of young people’s wellbeing. Our pioneer case study looks at the  NPC measure in more depth → be one of our wellbeing pioneers Dan Corry, Chief Executive NPC Many of the charities we work with at NPC are trying in different ways to improve the wellbeing of one group or other. But perhaps nowhere is it more important than in thinking about children. Well-being is strongly connected to concepts like resilience, self esteem and self worth, qualities that if present can lead to a fulfilling life whatever the knock backs. Their absence can make for a very difficult future. The general concept of well-being has enjoyed political backing at the highest level. Yet despite experts agreeing that young people’s school achievement is linked to their well-being. and the efforts of charities like the Children’s Society, we are still frustratingly short of finding an effective way to measure and monitor well-being among children, and to giving it the prominence in policy-making it deserves. Ofsted have not helped in this. Since 2011 they have shifted their focus towards ‘academic excellence’ and increasingly away from what the Secretary of State disregarded as ‘peripherals’. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has started to measure adult well-being, but is only scoping how to apply this process to...

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Wellbeing in the East

The Well-Being in the East portfolio focuses on early intervention and prevention. The portfolio focuses on targeting Armed Forces Families, Looked after Children and people who accessed Food Banks. The Well-being portfolio has 29 community projects delivered by a range of voluntary and community organisations working to achieve outcomes in the areas of emotional well-being, physical activity and healthy eating. The portfolio targets the geographical areas of East Midlands, North East, and East of England with a focus on West Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. This video focuses on the portfolio’s work around influencing and developing strategic links with commissioners, and...

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Talking about wellbeing – Does your organisation have public dialogue expertise?

Wellbeing is about people and what matters to us.  The What Works Centre for Wellbeing are looking forward to continue the dialogue  and  hearing from the public about what wellbeing means to them and their ideas for how policies could be designed to support wellbeing. Watch the video from the most recent public dialogues on wellbeing A generous grant from BIS through the Sciencewise programme has made the project possible and we are now inviting bids from organisations with expertise in conducting public dialogues. During the spring and summer, we will be bringing together members of the public and policy makers to discuss what really matters to wellbeing and how we can take that into account across a range of policy areas. Does your organisation have pubilc dialogue expertise? Yes? Have a look at the Invitation to Tender and submit a bid by 9th of March (10:00 am). If you’ve got an idea for a policy issue to include get in touch ( Follow the blog to hear more about...

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Community wellbeing

Here at the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, we think communities are really important to improving wellbeing,  they’re the focus of one of our programmes of evidence. Public Health England has today launched a guide to  community centred approaches to health and wellbeing.   Professor Kevin Fenton , the Public Health England National Director for Health and Wellbeing  blogged about why communities matter to health.   Our pioneer this week reflects the community approach to improving wellbeing, Well London who’s vision is : A world city of empowered local communities, who have the skills and confidence to take control of and improve their individual and collective health and well-being. → be one of our wellbeing pioneers Finally, a reminder that the deadline for applications to become one of our trustees is the 16th Feb at...

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