Category Archives: General Well-being

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What local authority commissioners think about measuring soft outcomes – “we musn’t forget that services have people at the end of them”

Once the engine-house of the British empire, Manchester is now a very modern city – a mix of traditional industry, high skills companies, universities, and cultural (and sporting) success. Yesterday NPC held a lunchtime seminar for commissioners across the Greater … Continue reading

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The Catalyst Consortium’s outcomes framework for young people – your comments invited…

Demonstrating the outcomes of youth services has always been a tough ask. But like with other areas of public and charitable spending, organisations are under more and more pressure to show that difference they make. A forthcoming report commissioned by … Continue reading

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Why asking questions about well-being is the most direct way of evaluating your impact

There is an art to surveying people. One particular problem faced by generations of social researchers is how to get people to reflect truthfully on their experiences of life, and not to colour their responses by the way we ask … Continue reading

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Evidencing the link between well-being and academic achievement

It is common sense that how a young person feels about themselves and their life matters to what they achieve at school. Students themselves will tell you it and, every year, millions of parents, teachers and youth workers observe it. … Continue reading

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A wee gathering for Scottish charities – NPC’s report from Glasgow

Greetings from sunny Glasgow! We’re at The Gathering, an annual event for charities in Scotland that aims to be a focal point to share ideas, debate and keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the sector. Spread over two days … Continue reading

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How does your school improve pupils’ well-being? Quantifying well-being, PSHE and what Ofsted thinks

The well-being of pupils is at the heart of what schools do. It is built into everything schools do from lessons to lunchtimes, and in the formal and informal interactions between pupils and teachers. Schools know that anxious and unhappy … Continue reading

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Measuring well-being can help Scottish youth organisations get it right for every child

Measuring subjective well-being – what we think and feels about our lives – has become an increasingly important focus of the UK government over the last year or so. Scotland, however, is ahead of the game. Back in 2007, the … Continue reading

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Myth-busting and evaluating soft outcomes

Last week I gave the opening plenary for the Third Sector conference on ‘Measuring Soft Outcomes’. A roomful of 70+ organisations had gathered to mull over the big questions around monitoring and evaluating impact, and learn how to do it … Continue reading

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Why measuring well-being should trouble all those who care about young people in troubled families

‘Troubled families’ has become something of a watchword in recent discussions of social policy. Earlier this week I attended a breakfast seminar, hosted by The Children’s Society, at which Emma Harrison, Chair of the Working Families Everywhere initiative, spoke about … Continue reading

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Pupils need to be ‘happy, safe, supported and inspired to achieve’ – in that order

Speak to any teacher or head teacher and the well-being of pupils is a priority. Speak to any charity working with young people and the same is true. Back in 2007, the UK did shamefully in a report by UNICEF … Continue reading

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