What young people think of the Well-being Measure survey

It might sound obvious but the most important part of any evaluation using NPC’s Well-being Measure is the young people that participate in the survey.

So what do they think of the survey? And more specifically, what do they think about the questions they are being asked?

From using the survey ourselves and feedback from customers, we’ve learnt lots about the reaction of young people.

Happily, it’s overwhelming good or neutral. This is in part due to our thorough testing process and the many revisions our the questionnaire during the piloting process but also the way the surveys is presented to young people.

Importantly, when the survey is introduced to young people, they are told that there are no right or wrong answers. Some young people have said that unlike other tests, they don’t feel under pressure. For example, one young person described the questions as ‘not like maths … it’s really easy’.

Young people are also able to miss out questions they don’t want to. Ultimately this means that the survey is voluntary and it is up to them whether they complete it or not. Despite this, almost all young people complete all the questions on the survey, suggesting that they don’t find the questions unusual or intrusive.

A number of young people have actually said that they ‘enjoy’ completing the survey – with feedback suggesting they are being asked things that they don’t often get asked. There is some indication that some young people are pleased that adults are taking an interest in how they feel as well as what they achieve.

We have found that some children with learning disabilities need help in completing the survey, although young people general report understanding all the questions. (For more on using the survey with disabled young people, see here.)

Everyone’s experience is different but overall the reaction to the survey is positive or neutral. So you can be confident that you are using a Measure that not only works for you but works for young people too!


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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