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 Measure as part of its monitoring processes before and after its outdoor residential courses, including in the Lake District and Scottish Highlands.

In 2010-11, based on a sample of 620 young people, it saw significant improvements in self-esteem, resilience, emotional well-being and life satisfaction after one of its key programmes. These changes provide reliable evidence for its impact – giving confidence to its funders and allowing it to prove that it improves young people’s lives. The evidence gathered was presented in its 2011 Impact Report, available on its website.

Emma Ferris of The Outward Bound Trust said ‘I think [NPC’s Well-being Measure] helps you stand out from the crowd… and capture the essence of what do you in a strong, credible way’.

Watch this space for more case studies…

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

  1. Pingback: Evaluating and proving impact: Toynbee Hall’s Aspire Project case study | NPC's Well-being Measure blog

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