Want to compare the well-being of different groups of young people in your sample? Interested in knowing whether your work benefits one group of young people more than others?
There’s a feature of the Well-being Measure that helps you answer questions like this but which I often think is under-exploited: adding custom tags.
For the uninitiated, ‘tags’ are questions that collect information about participants. This includes their age and gender, but can also be anything else you want, for example for whether they are eligible for free school meals, what school they come from, or even what colour hair they have. The purpose of these questions is to allow you to divide the responses to your survey when you come to analysing the data.
For example, if you collect data on whether or not young people are eligible for free school meals, can compare the two groups and see if there is a difference using our filtering tool on the ‘View results’ page.
You can add up to five of your own tag questions on the ‘Participant information’ screen (Step 2) when you create your survey.
When creating tags, you can decide whether the information is entered by you or by the participant. This will be useful if you want to include information about the young person that you have collected before or if it is something that you do not want to ask them, for example about their family circumstance.
So adding custom tags is a simple way of increasing the richness of your analysis. Make sure that you make the most of them!