Free guide to help charities measure their impact on loneliness 

27 Feb 2019 News

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has published a free guide for charities and social enterprises explaining how to measure how their interventions reduce loneliness.  

It has been backed by the Office for National Statistics and funded by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. 

Brief Guide to Measuring Loneliness is intended to provide “realistic” advice for charities and sets out: 

•    What is meant by loneliness and what the evidence says so far;
•    The national measures for adults and children, and how to use them;
•    Other related measures that can help build a picture of people’s social relationships;
•    How to have conversations about loneliness and capture qualitative data;
•    How to make sense of your results, and how to compare your findings to a national picture.

The government launched a strategy to tackle loneliness in October 2018 and the Office for National Statistics has worked with a panel of experts to recommend a list of questions to measure loneliness. 

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