Happy Christmas from What Works Wellbeing

Thank you for the great welcome since the announcement of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing .

In particular we want to thank all who we’ve spoken to, contributed to our pioneer case studies, fed into our ongoing consultation or follow this blog.

We are looking forward to working with you all in 2015.

Have a great winter break!

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Wellbeing debates and seminars January – March 2015

British Academy Debates – Wellbeing British Academy Debates Well-being

Our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell, along with our own Gregor Henderson and Paul Dolan from LSE, are taking part in this series of wellbeing debates on public policy for greater prosperity in the new year #bigdebates

It looks like it will be a great line up of speakers and events across the UK:

LSE Wellbeing Seminar Series Jan-March

We’re also excited for this new series of wellbeing seminars at the LSE including one about What Works for Early Intervention on 15th January from our friends at the Early Intervention Foundation.

The Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics run an established Wellbeing Seminar series.  It is organised by Professor Richard Layard, Dr Nick Powdthavee and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

8 Jan The long term effects of social and emotional skills in childhood Alissa Goodman (CLS)
15 Jan What Works in Early Intervention. Early findings from a What Works Centre Leon Feinstein (EIF)
22 Jan The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression Willem Kuyken (Oxford) and Sarah Byford (IoP KCL)
19 Mar Childhood mental health and unemployment across the life-course Liam Delaney (Stirling)
26 Mar TBC John Brazier and Tessa Peasgood (Sheffield)

These seminars are free and open to all – there is no need to register.

If external to LSE please bring a print out or save this information and bring it with you.

Thursdays at 1pm (with sandwiches from 12.45)

Location: 2nd floor Seminar Room (2.04), 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Details of the seminars are posted on the Wellbeing Programme events page, with papers/presentations when available. For any enquiries, please contact Harriet Ogborn, H.Ogborn@lse.ac.uk

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Volunteering and wellbeing in culture & sport – this week’s pioneers

Give and connect are two of the five ways to wellbeing developed from the Foresight report into mental captial and wellbeing back in 2008.  These are two elements of volunteering.  Our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell regularly points out the importance of broad measures of wellbeing and their superiority to activity measures like GDP as indicators of the success of governments and countries. One example he often gives is that UK GDP is now enhanced by increased illegal drug trade and prostitution, while the value of volunteering is not!

Our pioneers this week are all about volunteering in sport and cultural activities:Join-In-HiddenDiamonds-Handout-Wellbeing

1. Join In – looks at wellbeing and sports volunteers following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

2. If: Vounteering for wellbeing in the heritage sector established by the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Museum

Our pioneers are short case studies of real projects, real places, real people and their evaluations.

→ be one of our pioneers

Evidence Programme: Culture & Sport

We will be looking in more detail at the evidence base around cultural and sporting activities and how they influence wellbeing.  Our evidence programme includes a theme specifically on culture and sport.  This is supported so far by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Sport England, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Do get in touch if you want to partner with us to support our work in this area.

The deadline for applications for our evidence programme is 21 January 2015.

Have a great week,

Nancy

 

 

Videos from our launch events 29th October – Part 2 Bristol

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing was announced by our interim Chair Lord Gus O’Donnell on 29th October 2014 at twoKnowleWestMediaCentre events, in London and Bristol. Here are the video of the speakers from the Bristol part of the day with sessions from:

  • Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson
  • Lord Gus O’Donnell Chair of the What Works Centre’s Development Group
  • Ed Humpherson from UK Statistics Authority
  • Liz Zeidler from Happy City Bristol
  • Dr Shona Arora Centre Director of the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Public Health England Centre
  • Q&A from the audience at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol

Also published to coincide with the announcement of the What Works for Wellbeing Centre on 29th October was a new dataset from ONS combining the first three years of national personal wellbeing data to enable a more robust local level analysis and the ESRC specifications for the Centre’s evidence programme.

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Today we have also added a new pioneer case study to the site:

Our pioneers are short case studies of real projects, real places, real people and their evaluations.

→ be one of our pioneers

Welcome and Bristol context Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson 

Wellbeing – the new currency of impact Lord Gus O’Donnell

Measuring What Matters Ed Humpherson  

Happy City – What has worked in Bristol? Liz Zeidler 

Wellbeing and local public health Dr Shona Arora

Q&A with the speakers