During the election period we’re not publishing any new evidence, but we’ll still have a great line up of blogs, case studies and some useful resources to make sure you get your wellbeing evidence into practice fix.
If you haven’t already downloaded it and posted it up on your office noticeboard (or whatever hi-tech equivalent you’re using), here’s our handy one-page factsheet on the latest evidence for wellbeing benefits at work.
And once that’s whetted your appetite, you can dip into our briefings on learning in the workplace and designing a good quality job.
Resilience in hospices and mental health in the media
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re sharing two case studies that link with this year’s theme of surviving and thriving. Hospice UK give us an insight into a programme to improve staff wellbeing in an emotionally demanding environment. Meanwhile, Mind’s peer education for professionals is a look an an ambitious project that successfully challenged mental health stigma by training journalists.
Share your evaluations
We’ve currently got two calls for evidence live:
We will be putting out more calls throughout the year, and you can follow us on Twitter @whatworksWB for updates when these come out.
You can find all of our evidence, research and guidance on the following themes:
After 8 June, here’s just a taster of what you can expect:
- new evidence reviews on dance and sport and adult learning
- guidance for community organisations on measuring personal wellbeing
- a one-stop set of wellbeing indicators for local authorities
- a round up of the evidence on green space and wellbeing
- a discussion paper on community wellbeing.
What is the relationship between wellbeing and transitions into – and out of – work? Are workers with lower wellbeing more likely to become unemployed, or move into long-term sick-leave, care or early retirement?
Similarly, if you have higher levels of wellbeing, are you more likely to move from worklessness into employment? By worklessness, we mean not being in regular employment or education/training, because of unemployment, retirement, disability and, family care.
We are conducting a review of how learning in the work environment influences wellbeing in terms of both learning processes and learning outcomes. While there is a significant body of research that looks at learning interventions in work, or for work, there is little understanding of their relationship to well-being.
Our main research question is as follows;
Within the context of work, to what extent are wellbeing outcomes influenced by learning outcomes and the characteristics of the learning process?
We are looking for high quality evidence that addresses this question to use as best practice examples.
We are particularly seeking evidence that meets the following criteria:
- Evaluation studies with assessments of wellbeing taken before and after the learning process – this is to allow us to determine whether the learning process produced any changes in wellbeing subsequent to its introduction.
- Evidence that includes comparison groups that did not participate in the course of learning are particularly welcome.
- Studies which look at how wellbeing is impacted by either the learning process or outcome and those which look at both.
- Evaluations of learning which does or does not have an explicit wellbeing aim.
- Evidence of impacts on wellbeing may include stress, mental health, anxiety, depression, life or job satisfaction, resilience or self-efficacy.
- Qualitative and quantitative evidence is welcome.
All examples must be written in English or have an English translation and include an author and date. We can only accept evidence which can be made publicly available.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com
All submissions should be received by 8th of July 2016 .
We are reviewing the evidence of how worklessness – not being in paid work and exits from work affect wellbeing.
By worklessness we mean not being in regular employment or education/training, because of unemployment, retirement, disability or family care.
We are specifically interested in evidence which relates to the following research questions:
- What are the potential effects of not being in paid work on wellbeing?
- How does the duration of not being in paid work affect wellbeing?
- What are the impacts of changes in wellbeing on worklessness, duration of worklessness and the subsequent transitions?
We are looking for high quality research on each of these questions to use as best available evidence. We aim to use this evidence to show the impact of different types of worklessness- not being in paid work on wellbeing and the impact of wellbeing on moving in and out of worklessness for different demographic groups.
We are particularly seeking the following types of evidence:
- Evaluation of how not being in paid work linked to different life circumstances (e.g., retirement, disability, unemployment) impacts on wellbeing.
- Evaluation of the impact of poor wellbeing on remaining in worklessness
- Evaluation of the extent to which the wellbeing outcomes of worklessness, duration of worklessness and the transitions between worklessness states vary across groups (e.g., age, gender, family status).
We are particularly interested in the effects of worklessness on life satisfaction. However, evidence of impact on wellbeing that may include stress, mental health, anxiety, and depression are also welcomed.
We welcome evidence of a qualitative or quantitative nature, provided the evidence meets the criteria outlined above. Studies that use longitudinal methods are preferable. However, we also seek evidence from high quality cross-sectional studies.
→Please send your submissions to: Evidence@WhatWorksWellbeing.org with Worklessness as the title
→All submissions should be received by 20th of June 2016.
Evidence Call for Grey Literature for a systematic review of the wellbeing outcomes of music and singing in adults and the processes by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved.
By grey literature we mean “literature that is not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles” (Lefebvre, Manheimer, & Glanville, 2008, p. 106). This may be produced by charities, government departments, businesses, community groups and others; and may include reports, theses or dissertations, trials, and more.
In this instance we’re looking for evaluation reports.
We will accept for review and possible inclusion in our systematic review using the following criteria:
- submissions must be evaluation reports only
- reports submitted must be completed in the past 3 years (2013-2016) and include
- author details (individuals, groups or organisations)
- evaluation methods may be qualitative, quantitative methods or mixed methods
- the central report objective must be the evaluation of music or singing intervention
Please note the following condition for review of grey literature:
- Evidence can only be reviewed for inclusion in the work of the Culture and Sport programme if submitted through this call.
- Evidence submitted to individual researchers in the programme cannot be considered.
- If you have previously sent documents to the culture and sport team please re-submit through this call.
Please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include ‘Music and Singing Evidence’ in the subject line.
The deadline for submissions is the 10th June 2016
Please note additional invite for submission of primary data sets for review:
- Primary data sets used in submitted reports can also be submitted
- Primary data may be qualitative or quantitative and in excel or word formats.
- Please submit data sets directly to, or contact email@example.com for further information.
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