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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.

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 … Continue reading

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Our updated national baseline!

Today we launch our new and updated national baseline! It contains records from 4,122 young people who have completed the survey. The ability to create a baseline is partly thanks to you – as it includes data from your surveys … Continue reading

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Tackling the tricky question of attributing impact

A question we often get asked is ‘how do I know that the difference I see in young people’s well-being is due to my programme, or due to other causes? This question is not new for researchers and one that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The impact of measurement on your work – choosing the right approach to evaluation

We all know that measuring outcomes can be a tricky business. In particular, measuring ‘soft outcomes’ such as self-esteem or life satisfaction can be difficult because it can affect how we interact with our clients or beneficiaries. In turn this … Continue reading

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Can I use the Well-being Measure for younger or older children?

We’ve been contacted by lots of people that work with children and young people outside the Well-being Measure’s 11-16 year target age group. Everyone wants to know whether they can use it and whether there are plans to extend the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Learning about soft outcomes and six tips for choosing a measurement approach

Earlier this week I gave the opening speech for the Third Sector/NPC conference on ‘Measuring Soft Outcomes’. A roomful of charities, at a variety of stages of thinking in relation to monitoring and evaluating impact, all came together to hear the … Continue reading

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See the Well-being Measure yourself – come to one of our workshops

Since January, we’ve been running a series of free workshops for organisations interested in signing up to our Well-being Measure. We’ve run them all over the country – London, Glasgow, Ipswich, Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, and Edinburgh. So far, we’ve seen … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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