This year, the Centre has conducted a variety of evidence projects including mapping evidence bases and starting several research projects.
One such milestone was the launch of our work on measuring children and young people’s subjective wellbeing. We worked with The Children’s Society, and with support from The Health Foundation, to map out and understand what measures and tools are being used in the UK. This has enabled us to recommend good and consistent practices to help schools, colleges, universities and other settings measure the wellbeing of the children in their care.
Our Dying Well project, led by Clair Fisher, looked at what matters to people living with terminal illness and how society can support their wellbeing. It made the case for putting wellbeing at the heart of palliative care by bringing together expert knowledge and lived experience to highlight research and evidence gaps.
“Let’s rethink end of life care by using wellbeing evidence to inform and improve services. I’d love to see more focus given to living well, designing in wellbeing and properly holistic person-centred care.”
– Clair Fisher, project lead on Dying Well
Along with many other organisations, through 2021 we have continued to re-focus some of our work to understand the effects of the pandemic. Some of our Covid-specific achievements in evidence include:
We built Covid:WIRED, an interactive wellbeing inequalities dashboard containing Covid-related studies on the impacts of the pandemic across categories such as gender, race and ethnicity, ill health and relationships. Covid:WIRED was created in collaboration with the Centre for Thriving Places to consolidate and democratise what we know in the wider research and policy communities about the effects of the pandemic.
Through 2021, the dashboard revealed important findings which we published in three briefings. The focus of these were:
We also published the final of three major analysis projects with UCL to better understand the pandemic’s impact: What helped people to cope with Covid-19 and lockdowns? All three briefings can be found here.
Further work that continued this year include three Secondary Data Analysis Initiatives (SDAIs) with outputs to be published in 2022. These are:
- Loneliness across the lifecourse: this work looks to understand the role of social isolation and loneliness in wellbeing across the lifecourse. It is led by Dr. Praveetha Patalay (UCL).
- Loneliness in adolescents: encompassing four studies, the project focuses on loneliness and wellbeing among adolescents and young people through the lens of risk and protective factor, geographical differences, links between loneliness, mental health and wellbeing, and Covid trajectories. It is led by Dr. Emily Long (University of Glasgow).
Social prescribing; the aim of this work is to transform our understanding of the relationship between community engagement and wellbeing at a population level. It is led by Dr Daisy Fancourt (UCL Behavioural Science and Health), Dr Karen Mak (UCL BSH) and Dr Marie Polley (Social Prescribing Network) with the Centre.