Call for evidence: Community infrastructure (places and spaces) impact on social relations & community wellbeing evaluations

What’s happening?

We are carrying out a systematic review to find out whether interventions designed to improve community places and spaces are effective in improving social relationships and community wellbeing. We are particularly interested in any effects (positive or negative) on inequalities, and any differences in effects across different settings and population groups.

The review team will be doing a careful search for published material, but would also like to include ‘grey’ literature – such as evaluations that have yet to be published, or reports and evaluations produced by charities, government departments, or community groups.

How can you get involved?

If you are aware of an evaluation of an intervention designed to improve community places and spaces, with the aim of improving social relations or wellbeing, you can submit it to our systematic review and help us build an evidence base for community infrastructure interventions.

We are particularly seeking evidence that meets the following criteria:

  1. Evaluation studies with assessments of social relations or wellbeing taken before and after the intervention – this is to allow us to determine whether the intervention was associated with any changes in wellbeing.
  2. Evidence that includes comparison groups that were not exposed to the intervention is particularly welcome.
  3. Evaluations of interventions designed for populations at risk of inequalities
  4. Qualitative (e.g. interviews) and quantitative (i.e. figures-based) evidence is welcome.

All examples must be written in English and include an author and date. We can only include evidence which can be made publicly available. If the work was done outside the UK, it would be helpful if you could tell us something about how relevant you think the findings are likely to be to the UK setting.

Please send your submissions electronically to us at with the subject line ‘Evidence: Wellbeing and Community Infrastructure”

Submission deadline: 9 August 2017.

The protocol is on PROSPERO

Resource round up and Centre update

During the election period we’re not publishing any new evidence, but we’ll still have a great line up of blogs, case studies and some useful resources to make sure you get your wellbeing evidence into practice  fix.

Workplace wellbeing
If you haven’t already downloaded it and posted it up on your office noticeboard (or whatever hi-tech equivalent you’re using), here’s our handy one-page factsheet on the latest evidence for wellbeing benefits at work.

And once that’s whetted your appetite, you can dip into our briefings on learning in the workplace and designing a good quality job.

Resilience in hospices and mental health in the media
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we’re sharing two case studies that link with this year’s theme of surviving and thriving. Hospice UK give us an insight into a programme to improve staff wellbeing in an emotionally demanding environment. Meanwhile, Mind’s peer education for professionals is a look an an ambitious project that successfully challenged mental health stigma by training journalists.

Share your evaluations
We’ve currently got two calls for evidence live:

We will be putting out more calls throughout the year, and you can follow us on Twitter @whatworksWB for updates when these come out.

Other resources
You can find all of our evidence, research and guidance on the following themes:

Up next
After 8 June, here’s just a taster of what you can expect:

  • new evidence reviews on dance and sport and adult learning
  • guidance for community organisations on measuring personal wellbeing
  • a one-stop set of wellbeing indicators for local authorities
  • a round up of the evidence on green space and wellbeing
  • a discussion paper on community wellbeing.





Call for evidence: Learning and Wellbeing

We are conducting a review of how learning in the work Work &Learningenvironment influences wellbeing in terms of both learning processes and learning outcomes. While there is a significant body of research that looks at learning interventions in work, or for work, there is little understanding of their relationship to well-being.

Our main research question is as follows;

Within the context of work, to what extent are wellbeing outcomes influenced by learning outcomes and the characteristics of the learning process?

We are looking for high quality evidence that addresses this question to use as best practice examples.

We are particularly seeking evidence that meets the following criteria:

  1. Evaluation studies with assessments of wellbeing taken before and after the learning process – this is to allow us to determine whether the learning process produced any changes in wellbeing subsequent to its introduction.
  2. Evidence that includes comparison groups that did not participate in the course of learning are particularly welcome.
  3. Studies which look at how wellbeing is impacted by either the learning process or outcome and those which look at both.
  4. Evaluations of learning which does or does not have an explicit wellbeing aim.
  5. Evidence of impacts on wellbeing may include stress, mental health, anxiety, depression, life or job satisfaction, resilience or self-efficacy.
  6. Qualitative and quantitative evidence is welcome.

All examples must be written in English or have an English translation and include an author and date. We can only accept evidence which can be made publicly available.

Please send your submissions to

All submissions should be received by 8th of July 2016 .

Call for evidence: Job quality, other employment practices and wellbeing

Work &Learning

We are  conducting a review of job quality and wellbeing.

Job quality relates to the features of work often perceived to relate to satisfying or desirable work experiences – such as:

  • some involvement in decisions about how work is to done, when it is to be done or what is to be done
  • clarity of what is to be achieved at work
  • the chance to use a variety of skills at work
  • good working relationships with colleagues and/or customers
  • attainable goals and work demands or goals that do not conflict with one and other
  •  reasonable working hours

We are specifically interested in two research questions:

1) Do improvements in job quality lead to reliable effects on worker wellbeing and productivity?

2) Are more positive outcomes achieved by introducing other changes to employment  practices alongside improved job quality?

We are looking for high quality evidence on each of these questions to use as best practice examples. We are particularly seeking the following types of evidence:

  • Evaluation studies with assessments of wellbeing made before and after the introduction of the intervention – this is to allow us to determine whether the intervention produced any changes in wellbeing.
  • Evaluations including comparison groups that did not receive the intervention.
  • Studies showing the combined effects of improvements in job quality and other employment practices introduced at the same time.
  • Evidence of impacts on wellbeing that may include stress, mental health, anxiety, depression, life or job satisfaction, burnout, or engagement.
  • Evidence of changes in productivity and performance that may include factors such as safety, performance and absence.
  • Qualitative or quantitative evidence is welcome.
  • Evidence from studies conducted in the UK or with a UK component is preferred.

All examples must be written in English or have an English translation and include an author and date. We can only accept evidence which can be made publicly available.

→Please send your submissions to  and include ‘Job Quality Evidence’ in the subject line.  

All submissions should be received by 13th of May 2016 .

Wellbeing & work PhD jobs and call for submissions on wellbeing research & practice

→Our Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme is recruiting!

It is lookiUEAng to recruit up to two funded PhD students to support work across:

  • Wellbeing Skills for New Models of Working Lives
  • Sustainable return to work
  • The impact of absenteeism and presenteeism on career paths
  • Sustainable workforce models for supporting older lives
  • Well-being and self-employment
  • Wellbeing and healthcare professionals’ education and work transitions
  • Work and wellbeing in the public sector

Full details 

Application and guidance

→We also have two calls for submisisons for you…..

BSA1. The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group is running a one-day workshop on the 9th December:

Happiness, Wellbeing and Flourishing: Exploring Links between Research, Policy and Practice -CALL FOR PAPERS

2. FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health is holding itFUSE screens third Knowledge Exchange conference Apirl 27-8th 2016:


LSE CEP Wellbeing Seminar dates

Centre for economic performanceWe some more dates for your diaries…

The next CEP Wellbeing Seminars organised by Professor Richard Layard, Dr Nick Powdthavee and Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve are as follows

 Thursdays at 1pm (with sandwiches from 12.45Location: 2nd floor Seminar Room (2.04), 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

  • 8 October

     Top incomes and human wellbeing around the world Nick Powdthavee (CEP)

  • 22 October

      Happiness and health in later life Andrew Steptoe (UCL)

  • 5 November

     Boss competence and worker wellbeing Amanda Goodall (Cass Business School)

  •  3 December

 Understanding Wellbeing at Work with a Behavioural and Adaptive Approach to Job Design

Kevin Daniels (UEA)

  • 17 December

Employee Satisfaction, Labor Market Flexibility, and Stock Returns Around The World 

     Alex Edmans (London Business School)

These seminars are free and open to all – there is no need to register.

Details of the seminars are posted on the Wellbeing Programme events page, with papers/presentations when available.

For any enquiries, please contact Harriet Ogborn

Community consultation – questionnaire and events

How can wellbeing evidence help you achieve your objectives? 

What evidence would be most useful for you and in what format?

Our Community evidence strand will focus on a range of evidence areas, including:

  • Definitions of community wellbeing
  • Local factors that determine both personal and community wellbeing
  • The role of social networks and participation in personal and community wellbeing
  • The positive impacts of community wellbeing on other outcomes
  • Impacts of community based interventions to improve wellbeing

As part of our stakeholder engagement process to decide what our priorities in these areas should be, please fill in this questionnaire   

It should only take you about 10 minutes to complete, but will be immensely valuable information for us.

→Please complete the questionnaire by 28th August it’s a perfect task for a summer’s afternoon!

The Community evidence programme is also hosting ten stakeholder engagement workshops to shape the scope of our research. The workshops will mostly take place in September in various cities across the UK.

These workshops will explore how wellbeing evidence can be useful in the day-to-day work across sectors including local government, the voluntary and community sector, public health, housing and the private sector.

We will be focusing on policy areas related to place and community, including planning, housing, built environment, social capital, participation, public health, green space, transport, and community development.

The issues that the community programme focusses on will be determined based on this stakeholder engagement, so these workshops represent an important early opportunity to influence the Centre’s work.

Please register your interest for one of these events by emailing the addresses below (timings TBC).

Feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues who might be able to attend in your place if you are not able to make it.

  • Leeds – 10th September. Register
  • Durham – 10th September  Register
  • Glasgow (including both local and Scottish policy issues) – 17th September. Register
  • Liverpool – 18th September Register
  • Belfast – 14th September  Register
  • Exeter – 7th September Register
  • Cardiff – 8th September Register
  • Birmingham – 28th September. Register

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the events at please contact the Community team