Measuring The Impact On Wellbeing

A useful tool and supporting guide to measure impact upon wellbeing

You’ll find this guide useful if you:

  • work for a small or medium-sized charity or social enterprise and want to understand if and how your activities affect the wellbeing of the people you support
  • are responsible for reporting, evaluation or impact - being able to provide evidence of how the work you do changes lives can be useful when applying for future funding opportunities
  • have not measured wellbeing very much or at all yet and need some more information and guidance on how to get started


Click this link to access the online tool

What Works Wellbeing Online Impact Measurement Tool


Defining and measuring wellbeing can be complex. This free guide should give you the confidence and the tools you need to be successful. The most important things you need to know about measuring wellbeing are included: From what it is; to how to ask the right questions; and how to analyse your results.

Measuring wellbeing helps to compare different projects and see the impact you’re having overall. You can also compare your results against the national, regional or local averages to make a better case for your service.

This online tool is an excellent resource that enables you to create your own bespoke wellbeing survey. By developing your own wellbeing survey and linking your findings to data you already collect, you’ll understand your full impact on people’s wellbeing. You’ll also find out what works to improve wellbeing and why.

Use the whole guide from start to finish if you’re ready to do your evaluation, but if you're not ready to evaluate just yet you can also focus on certain sections depending on where you are with your project.

This guide has been designed to make it easy for you to dip in and out of each section. You won't be overwhelmed with information.

Each section of the guide consists of a:

  • section overview
  • video explainer that gives an overview of the section and specific issues to look out for
  • case study example (you can also view all case studies on one page)

The guidance is set out in modules on each page that you can click on to open and view. To search for a specific word or phrase on a page, you’ll need to open all the toggles.

At the end of each section you can find an optional sense check that will help you decide if you’re ready to move on to the next section, look over a section again, or read up on specific topics at other sites.

The survey builder allows you to create a unique, custom survey for instant use. Here's what you can do with the survey builder feature:

  1. Upload your organisational logo (if applicable)
  2. Choose which questions you’d like to include in your wellbeing survey. The scales will automatically appear beneath the questions you select
  3. Write your own open and closed questions using the guidance provided
  4. You will need to include your email address to have the survey sent to you. This only takes a few minutes


Click here to access the online wellbeing impact measurement tool from What Works Wellbeing