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In this presentation our evaluators Ecorys give an overview of our evaluation approach for the next stage of the Well-being programme.
How do I view? Press 'Start Prezi' and click the 'full screen' button in the bottom left corner to view information for well-being grant holders on the priorities for the evaluation and some changes to the methodology. Click on the arrows to move between slides or press 'esc' to finish viewing.
The most recent results
Our five-year evaluation of the Well-being Programme in England (2008-2013) was completed this summer, with impressive results and lots of learning about what works well for improving well-being.
The headline findings are published below for you. For more detail you can download the full report or in-depth case studies report.
Personal well-being & Life satisfaction
Average life satisfaction rose from 6.5 at the beginning of engagement with the programme to 7.1 by the end of the engagement. This increase is substantial given the relative insensitivity of this measure to other ‘hard’ effects (e.g. an individual’s income doubling leads on average to an increase of life satisfaction of 0.2).
The projects also increased self esteem; the percentage of people feeling good about themselves and optimistic about the future increased by almost 25%
Project volunteers have reported feeling less isolated and having a renewed sense of purpose as a result of their participation.
The proportion of people reporting depressive symptoms fell 35 per cent after taking part in projects and 41 per cent more people reported feeling relaxed.
Participants were more likely to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, an increase of 16 per cent
Participants became more active; those reporting that they only take part in low levels of physical activity fell by 21 per cent.