Evidence for the link between well-being outcomes and long-term outcomes

We all know that well-being matters. But as providers of services for young people, or funders of services, what we are often after is long term outcomes – success in employment or a reduction in crime, for example.

However, overwhelmingly, youth services do their work through a process of personal and social development. Capturing the effect of this is where NPC’s Well-being Measure is valuable – providing robust measures of changes in self-esteem, resilience, and satisfaction with aspect of their lives.

But what about the link between the social and emotional capabilities and long term outcomes? How do improvements in self-esteem or emotional well-being help to improve young people’s employability?

There is evidence for a link between well-being outcomes and long-term outcomes, from a range of different academic sources. The diagram below is taken from the Young Foundation’s report for the Department for Education-funded Catalyst Consortium, which reviews the evidence available. You can read the report here.

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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