Monthly Archives: January 2012

Myth-busting and evaluating soft outcomes

Last week I gave the opening plenary for the Third Sector conference on ‘Measuring Soft Outcomes’. A roomful of 70+ organisations had gathered to mull over the big questions around monitoring and evaluating impact, and learn how to do it … Continue reading

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Why measuring well-being should trouble all those who care about young people in troubled families

‘Troubled families’ has become something of a watchword in recent discussions of social policy. Earlier this week I attended a breakfast seminar, hosted by The Children’s Society, at which Emma Harrison, Chair of the Working Families Everywhere initiative, spoke about … Continue reading

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Measuring well-being in practice: The Outward Bound Trust case study

“We wanted to show to our funders and supporters that we make a difference…” The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses outdoor experiences and challenges to develop young people’s self-esteem, motivation and aspiration. It uses the Well-being … Continue reading

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Pupils need to be ‘happy, safe, supported and inspired to achieve’ – in that order

Speak to any teacher or head teacher and the well-being of pupils is a priority. Speak to any charity working with young people and the same is true. Back in 2007, the UK did shamefully in a report by UNICEF … Continue reading

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Taster workshop success!

We were delighted to hold our first taster workshops last week on NPC’s Well-being Measure, a big thank you to all those that came. The sessions which aim to give a clearer knowledge and understanding of our tool were attended by a … Continue reading

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‘Its not how green the grass is, it’s how happy the cow’ – The Children’s Society research shows why we need a holistic view of well-being

Last night The Children’s Society launched the latest findings in its ongoing programme of research on children’s well-being in the UK. Speaking at the event, the Archibishop of York Dr John Sentamu, called for children’s well-being to take centre stage … Continue reading

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How can I evaluate my impact on individual young people?

A question that I’ve been asked a few times recently is how to measure the well-being of individuals. NPC’s Well-being Measure is a group-level measure – so it’s perfect for evaluating the effectiveness of a project – but you don’t … Continue reading

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Forthcoming measuring soft outcomes event, from Third Sector and NPC

During our 10 ten years working with charities, NPC has met many 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 … Continue reading

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