The Wellbeing Toolkit uses adaptations of two very well designed and tested tools in an anonymous pre/post- application, utilised to provide schools with broad measures of both wellbeing and social capital in the school staff group.
The first measure is the WEMWBS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale), a well-established 14-item scale across 5 response categories covering feeling and functional aspects of wellbeing, applied extensively in the United Kingdom and several other countries worldwide.
The second measure is an 8-item survey developed and applied extensively in the Finnish public sector to measure workplace social capital, including designations for cognitive and structural social capital; vertical and horizontal social capital; bonding (‘to get by’), bridging (‘to get ahead’) and linking (trust across authority gradients) social capital. Applied to a base of 150,000 public sector employees in Finland over a period of 15 years, the tool is robust with longitudinal data and well-documented health end points.
All survey results are anonymous and used to provide individual schools of broad measures of wellbeing and social capital before and after the toolkit application.
The inclusion of robust and effective impact evaluation throughout the Toolkit ensures that schools have clear visibility of both wellbeing and social capital across their staff. This data, in conjunction with other complementary impact measures around school performance and accountability, will assist school leadership teams in the implementation of initiatives geared towards elevated staff engagement and ultimately enhanced learning environments and outcomes for students.