It’s all in the presentation: how we use our national baseline to put your results in context

One of the unique features of the results you get from NPC’s Well-being Measure is that you can see how your group compares to other young people. We do this using our national baseline – a sample of young people across the UK that have completed the well-being survey.

The way we do this is to present your results as a score from 0 to 100 that is standardised using this baseline. This means that the baseline isn’t presented separately from your results, it is part of them.

To explain what I mean, consider this example. If you ran a race backwards and it took you 20 minutes to cover a distance of a mile, would you be pleased or disappointed with your time? Your answer now is probably ‘I don’t know’.

But then if I gave you all of the times of the runners in the race and told you that you finished 40th out of 220 runners, you would know that you did pretty well.

The same is true with your well-being scores. If we tell you that your group scored 176, that isn’t very meaningful. If tell you instead where your group’s score is in relation to all young people in the UK, that is much more helpful.

So in your results, we present all well-being scores on a percentage scale from 0 to 100. If your group scores 30% on self-esteem, for example, it means that 30% of the national population has lower self-esteem and 70% of the national population has higher self-esteem than your group. Presenting it this way therefore means you can instantly see how your results compare to others.


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 Response to It’s all in the presentation: how we use our national baseline to put your results in context

  1. Pingback: About our national baseline: a proxy for the UK | NPC's Well-being Measure blog

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