Customising the tool for your project

In all my years working with charities, I have never seen two that are the same. Even within organisations there can be big differences in what goes on between individual projects.

At NPC’s Well-being Measure we understand this. So we’ve designed our tool to be flexible with several features which allow it to be customised. These include:

  • Choose which areas of well-being to measure. You can measure up to eight aspects, including self-esteem and emotional well-being, by selecting them during the create survey process. You can include or omit whatever suits you, for example if you work with young people in foster care you may not wish to include the questions about their relationships with their family.
  • Add your own questions. Add multiple choice or open-ended questions to your survey. For example, you can ask young people what they thought of your project or how they rated staff.
  • Use with a single group of participants or use on a ‘rolling’ basis. If you work with a rolling group of participants, for example if you provide one-to-one counselling and have young people referred to you over the period of a year, you can leave your survey open and collect responses over the period.
  • Filter your results. You can add ‘tag questions’ to your survey which allows you to divide the responses when you analyse the data. For example, if you include a question on whether or not young people are eligible for free school meals, you can then compare the two groups and see if there is a difference. You can read more about this feature here.
  • Do more than one follow-up survey. You can survey young people at two or more points in time to see if there has been a change in their well-being, and to see if that change is sustained. On your My surveys page simply select ‘follow-up’ on the initial survey to create another follow-up.

We hope that these features provide enough flexibility for you to design a survey that works for you. Over the coming months and years we are keen to continue to improve this, so if you have any other thoughts or suggestions, please tell us by leaving a comment.

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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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  1. Pingback: Why the Well-being Measure fits the brief for shared measurement | NPC's Well-being Measure blog

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