We’ve had a busy few years setting up the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and we are grateful for all the support along the way.
The Centre is now established with our board, core team and four initial evidence programmes. Here is our current workplan.
Our most recent work is
- Music, singing and wellbeing
- Housing and wellbeing
- Wellbeing inequalities and EU Referendum
- What’s wellbeing like in different jobs? compare your job
- Conferences on wellbeing across the life course and work, learning and wellbeing
- Measuring wellbeing series – paper on measuring wellbeing and cost effectiveness using subjective wellbeing
- Online course introduction to wellbeing in policy and practice
To be a successful Centre we need our work to be robust, relevant and accessible and this is built into everything we do including our projects and our governance.
We have been in contact with over 4,000 people in our set up year and this feedback has informed our plans for the development of the Centre and its workplans.
- Wellbeing public dialogues around the UK have come to a close, the summary of our findings and separate reports are available for each of our evidence programme areas. We have also been learning about the public dialogue approach for supporting wellbeing. Videos of participants discussing the dialogue process, how it affected them and what they would like from the centre are also available.
- Stakeholder engagement around the UK to refine the evidence programme plans to ensure they are relevant for decision makers. This work will be summarised in a Voice of the User report.
- We’ve been working on our methodology and towards a common currency for comparing the wellbeing impact of different policies and approaches. This has involved all our experts across the Centre.
- Science of Using Science knowledge project with Wellcome Trust and Nesta/Alliance for Useful Evidence is underway and is looking broadly at the evidence base for using evidence in decision making process. We look forward to sharing the findings in the Spring.
- Delivery plans for the evidence programmes over the next 1 ½ years have been finalised and will be formally announced shortly.
- Partners Group We have an informal group with all the organisations providing funding or in-kind support to the centre meeting every six months with regular e-updates and will continue to be consulted on work plans and outputs.
- Advisory Panel We have set up a panel to quality assure the Centre’s evidence outputs from a technical, ‘usability’ and communications perspective.
- Strategic Council for wellbeing and work is being set up to advise on the future of the Centre’s work with business.