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3. Relationships should be at the heart of well-being

What drives well-being? Sam Smethers argues that relationships are the key to our well-being and interventions must focus on this if they are to help their clients cope with the challenges they face. Current research focuses on couple relationships, a What Works Centre for Well-being could help collect data on other types of relationships and help to deepen our understanding of their impact on people's well-being.

4. Evidence and well-being: join the campaign to re-balance the way in which we hold schools to account

Children with higher levels of well-being do better academically, according to evidence discussed by Joe Hayman (hyperlink to his person web address), Chief Executive of the PSHE Association. But the balance of accountability in schools is biased towards academic outcomes. We need to change this and have a concerted push to bring schools to account for how they promote the well-being of their students.

5. A What Works Centre for Well-being: why does Citizens Advice need to know what works?

Our clients have complex lives and well-being can be both a driver for, and a consequence of the problems clients come to see us about. Understanding how far our services can measure and potentially improve well-being is vital. Evidence, argues Tamsin Shuker, will allow us to understand the needs of our clients, to determine what interventions are most effective in affecting well-being, and demonstrate the value of those interventions to funders (to ensure we can continue to provide them).

6. Evidence and well-being: why we need to listen to local politicians

The usual Whitehall default towards centralisation should be avoided so that we include more local voices – including politicians - in any What Works Centre for well-being because local relationships are deeper and more long term, there is an opportunity to develop more radical solutions to improving well-being that the sound bite world of Westminster struggles to achieve, argues Professor Mark Gamsu

Hard Evidence: less media spin

How dangerous is mental illness? Are young people's job prospects improving? Do prisons work? Megan Clement introduces Hard Evidence; funded by the Alliance, Hard Evidence tackles some of the public policy questions that dominate the news agenda and they’d like to hear your suggestions.

Evidence-based policy: data has its limits

Dr. Warren Pearce asks why, when there is such widespread support for evidence-based policy, is it so hard in practice? The answer, he argues, can be found in an array of definitions used for evidence and the shifting nature of policy that demands different kinds of evidence at different times.

House of Commons inquiry explores potential of real time analysis of social media

A House of Commons science and technology committee inquiry is looking into the potential benefits of real-time analysis of social media. According to a report for the Alliance, published last year, social media data could play an important role in policy making and public service delivery, Jason Leavey writes.

What role for evidence in the Big Lottery Funds new strategy?

Share your voice, join the conversation. The Fund have launched, Your Voice Our Vision - kick-starting an exchange of thoughts, ideas, challenges and opportunities, to inform their plans for 2015 – 2021. Thomas Guiney, from The Big Lottery Fund explains how we can get involved…

Behavioural Insights Team (aka the ‘nudge unit’): a new partnership

On Wednesday 5 February 2014, the Cabinet Office and Nesta announced a new partnership that will take the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)– the nudge unit – out of government. Geoff Mulgan explains how he hopes Nesta can play its part in taking the work in this partnership, to another level.

Macmillan Cancer Support: putting evidence at the heart of what we do

There remains a vast chasm between research and policy, partly because the 'wily policy fox' and the 'prickly research hedgehog' rarely work together from the start, according to Adrienne Skelton who leads on evidence at Macmillan Cancer Support. But there are some tips on how we might hit the ‘sweet spot’ between evidence and social policy design.

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