There is a powerful need to learn more about:
- ‘what works’ for wellbeing;
- whether wellbeing benefits are positively or negatively correlated with other outcome measures;
- what types of interventions are most beneficial to wellbeing.
In this paper, we will:
- Lay out the challenge that we face in identifying the impacts of interventions on wellbeing.
- Present a potential solution in the form of the Wellbeing Top-Up Fund.
- Describe both the practice and the strategy that we will use to administer this Fund over the coming years.
The Fund aims to achieve a low cost step change in the number of trials that measure wellbeing as an outcome by:
- Identifying trials that are either ongoing or under development, where funding is already agreed for the trial itself and its evaluation.
- Funding evaluators to collect data on wellbeing in addition to other outcomes being collected.
- Collecting these data in a wellbeing trial data archive.
- Increasing capacity among evaluators.
This research is funded by the Evaluation Accelerator Fund, which is administered by the Cabinet Office Evaluation Task Force.
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