Evidence, resources and guidance on understanding and tackling loneliness.

Evidence review

Tackling loneliness is a ‘review of reviews’  based on a sift of 364 evidence reviews from across the world and the UK on what works to alleviate loneliness. 

Measuring loneliness

We’re launching a simple, short guide to help charities make sense of measuring loneliness. 

Building Connections Fund evaluation

Learn about the evaluation of the £11.5m fund to help projects to reduce or prevent loneliness across the UK.

Tackling loneliness: review of reviews

Published in October 2018, this review establishes what we know about loneliness in and effective ways to tackle it. It reveals big gaps in the current evidence base that can be addressed by the national strategy on loneliness. It’s based on a sift of 364 reviews from developed countries across the world, and within the UK.

Measuring loneliness: new guidance

Making sense of loneliness, and supporting meaningful measurement


In October 2018 the UK government announced a strategy to tackle loneliness in England, along with dedicated funding to help communities build stronger connections and alleviate loneliness. At the same time the Office for National Statistics (ONS) worked with a panel of experts to recommend a set of questions to help measure loneliness.

Later in February, we will be sharing our new guidance for small charities and social enterprises to support you to use these measures in your evaluations. Sign up to our email alert to find out when it’s published.

Building Connections Fund: evaluation and learning

Understanding the impact and sharing learning to tackle loneliness

How will it work?

The £11.5m Fund which is a partnership between Government, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation is providing grants to 126 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations between 2019 and 2021. To evaluate and share learning from the Fund, we are working with New Philanthropy Capital, Centre for Youth Impact, Brunel University LondonBryson Purdon Social Research, and expert David Pritchard. The work will be carried out with groups of all ages and backgrounds across England.

  1. Reducing or preventing loneliness, by enabling projects tackling loneliness to be more effective and evaluate their impact.
  2. Build on our existing knowledge to better understand the most effective approaches to measure, reduce and prevent loneliness. Once complete in 2021, findings from the project will be used to improve the evidence base on loneliness. This will inform longer-term policy and funding decisions.

Are you a grant-holder?

You can expect to see more resources on this page in early 2019, including our guidance on measuring loneliness. Building Connections grant-holders will also be able to register for upcoming events, sign up for workshops or webinars and receive the latest learning from the programme.

In the meantime, you can sign up to the Centre’s weekly evidence alerts below to read the latest wellbeing evidence and insight. It’s not just for Fund grant-holders; anyone can subscribe!

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