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March 2023

Topping up existing trials - a syndicated approach to wellbeing research

Topping up existing trials – a syndicated approach to wellbeing research

About this paper

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:

  1. Lay out the challenge that we face in identifying the impacts of interventions on wellbeing.
  2. Present a potential solution in the form of the Wellbeing Top-Up Fund.
  3. 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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