A taste of what’s in our national baseline

Our national baseline is a sample of 4,122 young people across the UK that have completed the well-being survey. It is used in all the statistics generated in NPC’s Well-being Measure and uses data drawn from far and wide across the UK .

To give you a taste of the baseline, below is a graph that shows the distribution of scores for life satisfaction across the whole sample. This is based on the ‘ladder question’ where young people are asked to rate themselves on a scale from 0 to 10. The average response for the whole sample of 11 to 16 years olds on life satisfaction is 7.4 (rounded to one decimal place).

The baseline also shows averages for males and females and different age groups. The second graph gives a sense of how the averages vary by age – showing a gradual decline during adolescence.

These graphs give you a sense of the richness of the baseline. The general shape of these distributions is repeated for scores across the other areas of well-being – self-esteem, resilience, emotional well-being, friends, family, school and community. We admit that the national baseline isn’t perfect but it’s still the best there is around. Over time it will grow and become more refined – and as it does we will report more results like these!

To read more about the national baseline, see here.

To read an article about how we use the national baseline when we present your results, see 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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