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.