Community Wellbeing

Our latest publication is the scoping review of Housing and Wellbeing.

Coming up

We are working on

  1. Wellbeing inequality in local authorities (March)
  2. Housing for vulnerable groups
  3. Five Ways to Wellbeing
  4. How to boost social relations?
  5. Local participatory processes, co-production
  6. Green space
  7. Theory of change, definitions and measures
  8. Guidance on measuring wellbeing for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  9. Local area adult wellbeing indicator set

Meet the team 

June 2016 Update

Over the last couple of months we’ve been busy conducting mapping reviews on three topics: what works to boost social relations, co-production and decision making at the local level, and housing. We’ve also been working on our Theory of Change and meeting with people working on wellbeing and housing.

Another update is that you’re invited to join the brand new What Works Wellbeing forum where you can catch up with the What Works Centre as a whole, view events, and join in conversations with academics, organisations, decision makers and other individuals about everything wellbeing.

Looking back

Happiness Pulse tool launched
Happy City  have just launched the world’s first city-wide, comprehensive, live measure of happiness and wellbeing: Happiness Pulse. It has the dual aims of collecting rigorous wellbeing data that can be used by local organisations and policymakers to make better decisions, and engaging citizens in the measurement process – helping people better understand their wellbeing and how they can improve it. Explore the tool here.

What Works Wellbeing forum
This forum is where we can connect people with different views and perspectives: academics, organisations, decision makers and individuals in useful conversation and action. If you want to discuss wellbeing, help find evidence of what works and connect with a range of people interested in wellbeing, then please join here. 

Public Dialogue toolkit
What Works Wellbeing have produced a toolkit to help you scope and deliver a wellbeing public dialogue process. The toolkit addresses the following questions: What is a public dialogue? What does it involve? What is unique about a wellbeing dialogue? When to use public dialogues and why? How to run them and who you can get to run them for you. Find out more.

Looking for input

  • Over the next few months we will be reviewing existing evidence on green space and wellbeing. If this is relevant to the work you do, we’d like to hear from you to help frame our research questions. What is it about green space and wellbeing that you’d like to know? What kind of green space? What outcomes are important to your work? Get in touch with us at
  • The Culture and Sport evidence programme is calling for submissions of evaluation reports on music, singing and wellbeing, not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles, to include in their evidence review work. These may be produced by charities, government departments, businesses, community groups and others. Click here for criteria and submission details.
  • The Higher Education Statistics Agency are running a consultation on the survey they conduct across the UK about what happens to graduates after they finish study. At the moment, it collects information about salary and graduate level jobs, but the consultation proposes including wellbeing measures that, if added, could provide more balanced measures for how to view the ‘success’ of a university. Can you imagine a university wellbeing league table? Respond to the consultation here to help make it happen.
  • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is running a quality standard consultation on “Community engagement: Improving health and wellbeing”, they welcome comments on the consulation here (by registering as a stakeholder) until 22nd August.

Events of interest

Publications of interest

Involving others

If you are aware of other wellbeing evidence producers or people for whom wellbeing evidence could be useful, please ask them to send an email to telling us which, if any, of the following they are interested to hear more about:

  1. Housing and wellbeing
  2. Five Ways to Wellbeing
  3. How to boost social relations?
  4. Local participatory processes, co-production
  5. Green space

6 thoughts on “Community Wellbeing

  1. Hi everyone, I’m working on a “think piece” on social value which includes a healthy helping of “well-being”, it would be useful to compare notes!


  2. Many thanks for this suggestion Richard. It would indeed be useful to compare notes and to consider the overlap between community wellbeing and social value. The city of Liverpool has recently launched its social value charter and the University’s Heseltine Institute is working closely with the city leads to take some research forward in this area.
    Lokking forward to hearing back from you.


  3. Hi Richard,
    Of course – just get in touch.
    Rhiannon and I attended a discussion forum in Liverpool only a couple of weeks ago where we discussed the overlapping concepts of ‘wellbeing’ and ‘social values’, given that local authorities are increasingly making commitments to both concepts, which appear to have very similar definitions. There’s definitely mileage in discussing the overlap.
    Drop us a line.


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