Why did NPC create the Well-being Measure?

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.

Over the years I have met lots of organisations that despair at how difficult it is to prove the impact of their work on ‘soft outcomes’, such as self-esteem or quality of relationships.

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.


About John Copps

John is part of NPC's research and consulting team and is the founder of NPC's Well-being Measure, a social business that provides an online tool to measure young people’s well-being. He has eight years experience of research and consulting, and is passionate about how data can be used to improve the performance of organisations. John is a regular contributor to NPC's blog and has also contributed to pieces for BBC Radio, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. John is a governor of a secondary school.
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