Measuring wellbeing series

We are happy to announce the launch of the first discussion paper in our measuring wellbeing series.

Our measuring wellbeing series consists of discussion papers intended to ignite debate, and how-to guides offering practical advice.

Discussion paper



Discussion paper 1 – measuring wellbeing and cost effectiveness: using subjective wellbeing (Dec, 2016)

Discuss this paper in our ‘measuring wellbeing’ forum

How-to guide



How-to guide, version 1 – measuring wellbeing inequalities (March 2017)


More about the series

As a collaborating centre on wellbeing in the UK, we bring together leading thinking and practice on current and potential uses of wellbeing in policy and decision-making. This extends across different disciplines, sectors and jurisdictions of the UK.

With our work we aim to allow meaningful comparison across sectors and to move towards consensus on what the outcomes of interest are and what to measure to understand value.

We want to make wellbeing evaluation more robust and easier to use, and do, by learning from practice and integrating the best research principles. The Centre’s approach is independent, evidence based, collaborative, practical, open and iterative.

Upcoming Discussion Papers

  • Towards a common currency
  • Community wellbeing theory of change, definitions and measures
  • Experiential wellbeing measurement
  • Wellbeing measurement in practice
  • Local adult wellbeing indicators
  • Measuring Wellbeing Inequalities
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Capabilities approach

See the round up of common definitions and measures

Past events and learning  

  1. Roundtable learning from Big Lottery Fund Wellbeing evaluations – 16th March 2016 
  2. Seminar series 
    1. 13th October – Prof John Brazier Converting the life satisfaction question into QALYs. Do people trade life satisfaction for additional years of life?
    2. 17th November – Prof Martin Knapp Cost-effectiveness analysis with wellbeing as the measure of benefit
  3. Longitudinal Analysis workshop by UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies – November
  4. 2 day conference with OECD & LSE Centre for Economic Performance – December
  5. Wellbeing evaluation/cost effectiveness – Early 2017

We have an active online forum discussing the practice and principles of wellbeing methods and evaluation.

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