In this section you’ll find additional resources and guidance on planning and carrying out your evaluation. Some of the resources listed are a deeper dive into areas of wellbeing measurement, and others are external links to support organisations or useful publications.

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General evaluation resources

This guide focuses on how to approach a wellbeing impact evaluation specifically, and doesn’t cover general principles of evaluation. The following are useful resources and guides for evaluation more generally:

  • Inspiring Impact provides free online resources and peer learning networks for VCSE organisations, to help people plan, understand, and improve their impact.
  • BetterEvaluation is an international organisation that works collaboratively to create, share and support use of knowledge about how to better plan, manage, conduct and use evaluation.
  • The Charity Evaluation Working Group (Chew) is a network for people working in measuring impact in the third sector, including researchers, charity evaluators and support organisations.
  • NCVO Knowhow offers advice and support for voluntary organisations, including on measuring impact.
  • Evaluation Support Scotland provides advice and support for VCSE organisations, as well as guides, method sheets, webinars, case studies and external publications.

Evaluation approaches and methods

Theory of Change:

Quantitative data and questionnaires:

Using qualitative data:

  • More guidance on how to use open questions to collect qualitative data for your evaluation. Developed by The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, CLES, and New Economics Foundation.
  • A guide to gathering qualitative data for wellbeing evaluations from the Centre for Thriving Places.
  • Evaluation Support Scotland’s guide on Capturing Casual Moments, and having a robust and proportional approach to user feedback.
  • Shank, G. (2002). Qualitative Research. A Personal Skills Approach. New Jersey: Merril Prentice Hall.

Using Creative Methods to collect data

Economic valuation

Analysis and interpretation:

Other things to think about

Covid-19: resources for evaluation during the pandemic

Other Centre tools and resources

Brief Guide to Measuring Loneliness: includes guidance on recommended measures to evaluate loneliness in adults and children, as well as a downloadable questionnaire to use in your evaluation.





Guide to effective case studies 

This guide will help you bring together what you have learned about a project or activity in a structured, clear and thorough way, so that you can communicate helpful insights to other practitioners, funders, researchers and the communities you work with.

Includes template for putting together a project case study

Wellbeing in policy: exploring issues of measurement and methodology pulls together the history, frameworks, metrics, data and methodologies relating to the application of wellbeing evidence in policy making. It is intended for use primarily by policy analysts seeking to apply a practical wellbeing approach to policy appraisal and evaluation.

Wellbeing cost effectiveness measures and methods: a seven-step approach to assess the wellbeing cost-effectiveness of a charitable intervention. Developed jointly by Pro-Bono Economics and The What Works Centre for Wellbeing.



If you’re interested in understand the effect of interventions on workplace wellbeing, these resources can help you:

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