This is the question I get asked most when I tell people about the Well-being Measure. Improving the quality of life – the well-being – of people is at the heart of what charities, schools and youth groups do. How young people feel and what they think of the world around them matters.
For charities, success is often giving a person the confidence to look a stranger in the eye or cope with the difficulties life throws at them, something that is not captured by conventional measures. And whilst schools have become used to sophisticated with measures of attainment, methods of looking at students’ well-being have not kept pace.
Despite this, there is nothing new about the concept of measuring well-being. Academics and psychologists have been doing it for decades. But most of this work has been very technical and is impenetrable to the uninitiated. At NPC, we wanted to do something about this.
More than anything else we know that measuring well-being needs to be practical. At NPC, we’ve spent years helping charities helping to measure and communicate their impact. We understand the difficulties you have. That’s why our tool is designed to take the hassle out of measuring well-being: it’s all online, there is no messing around with different computer programmes, you don’t need to be an expert in statistics, and the results are presented clearly and simply.
We passionately believe that measuring things is essential for knowing how well you are performing as an organisation, and in learning how to improve. We want you to join us in understanding more about the well-being of young people.