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May 2022

Rapid review of wellbeing evaluation research using the WEMWBS scales

Rapid review of wellbeing evaluation research using the WEMWBS scales

Fifteen years on from the development of the WEMWBS scales, they are now used in a range of public health and voluntary sector settings and have been adopted across three UK countries to monitor mental wellbeing at the population level and develop policy.

There is now a unique opportunity to assess the impact of different interventions on mental wellbeing by reviewing the evaluation literature that uses these scales. By conducting a rapid review, it will be possible to gain a better understanding of the key components that can improve wellbeing, identify evidence gaps, and inform future research and policy.

The aim of this project was to conduct a rapid review of interventions to explore the use of WEMWBS and evaluate which interventions are the most effective at increasing wellbeing. Specifically, we aimed to answer the following research questions:

  1. What evaluation research has been carried out to assess the effectiveness of programmes and pilots on mental wellbeing?
  2. What is the strength of evidence of the evaluation research?
  3. What are the key findings from the evaluation research?

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