Author: Camilla Nevill
Institution: New Philanthropy Capital and The Childrens’ Society
Full reference: Nevill, C. (2009) Feelings count: Measuring children’s subjective well-being for charities and funders. London: New Philanthropy Capital
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has developed a multi-dimensional questionnaire for charities to measure improvements in 11 to 16 year old children’s subjective well-being. The well-being measure is being piloted with five children’s charities and will be available for charities to use in 2010. This report introduces the well-being questionnaire to potential users and describes the interim findings from two of the charity pilots.
The interim analysis presented in this report shows that all the wellbeing scales in the questionnaire are reliable and valid, except the peer relationships scales, which will be reviewed. In addition, the questionnaire is sensitive to change and is showing interesting and useful differences when comparing groups of children within schools, between schools, and before and after charity interventions.
Subjective well-being scales were selected from existing research. These scales were then adapted with the intention that they be brief enough for charities to implement easily, while remaining reliable and valid. Pilots with five children’s charities were carried out, testing for reliability, validity and sensitivity.