Measuring Wellbeing Series
Exploring key concepts and debates in the measurement of wellbeing.
As a What Works Centre and thought leaders in the field of wellbeing, we work to refine theoretical concepts and practical methodologies to build a strong evidence base.
We promote the use and development of harmonised wellbeing measures, to ensure wellbeing evidence is increasingly consistent, robust and useful.
Measuring Wellbeing Series
Through the Measuring Wellbeing Series, we share views contributed by high profile wellbeing researchers and thinkers on topics that advance the field of wellbeing measurement. Ultimately, it aims to promote visibility of key wellbeing concepts and consistency within the field of measurement.
The papers in our Series explore:
- Conceptual and practical developments in the field of subjective wellbeing measurement.
- Key issues or gaps in a range of wellbeing measurement practices that require attention.
- Practical implications for decision-makers in the UK and across OECD countries.
Centre reports, projects and tools
- Measuring wellbeing: a practical guide for charities and social enterprises
- Wellbeing measures bank: a searchable database
- Workplace wellbeing resources
- Measuring children and young people’s subjective wellbeing
- A guide to wellbeing economic evaluation
- Wellbeing in policy: exploring issues of measurement and methodology
- Summary of HM Treasury’s Green Book: Valuation of wellbeing guidance for appraisal
- ONS personal wellbeing findings in impact evaluations
- Evaluation Deep Dive: the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scales
- Origins of happiness
- Interrelation of wellbeing factors in policy and intervention design
- Quality in qualitative research discussion paper
- Guide to effective case studies
- Understanding happiness: ways to measure wellbeing by the Centre which includes analysis of ‘emotion words’ in over 8 million books, and social media.
- Towards a WELLBY, a Wellbeing-adjusted life year by the Centre.
- Beyond GDP: the economics of human wellbeing by Professor Jan de Neve.
- Why nuance is needed when evaluating wellbeing by Sally McManus.
- How can we tell our story if we’re not measuring what we do? by Samir Singh.
- We’ve always done it, so why don’t we measure it? by Nancy Hey and Samir Singh.
Conversation with funders on wellbeing evidence by the Centre.
- The Scottish Government: Wellbeing outcomes and national government: Scotland.
- The Children’s Society: Measuring children’s wellbeing in practice: how to make it work?
- Bromley by Bow: Measures of wellbeing and impact – who decides?
- Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise: Outcomes Stars: a tool for measuring wellbeing.
- The Employee Assistance Professionals Association: Measuring the impact of Employee Assistance Programmes.
- The Artis Foundation: Measuring impact of the arts as a creative learning charity.
- Leonard Cheshire: Evaluating projects for people with learning difficulties: when ‘off-the-shelf’ can miss the mark.
- Shelter England: Measuring quality of life for people with learning disabilities.
Tavistock Relationships: Bringing wellbeing evidence into the appraisal process.
Find the papers from the Series in the tiles below.