What Works Centre for Wellbeing

A new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing has been launched in Bristol. It is the latest addition to the ‘What Works Network’, which was launched by the Government last year to improve public services through evidence-based policy and practice. The launch has been accompanied by a research programme looking into the impact of culture and other policy areas on wellbeing.

The ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ has initial funding of more than £3.5m over 3 years, with in-kind resourcing and the support of the following founding partners:

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Public Health England
  • Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Health
  • Cabinet Office
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Local Government Association
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • DCMS/Arts Council England/Sports England/English Heritage/Heritage Lottery Fund

The launch coincided with the Economic and Social Research Council commissioning four wellbeing themed evidence programmes to look at what works for wellbeing:

  • cross-cutting capability
  • work, learning and wellbeing
  • community wellbeing
  • culture, sport and wellbeing

The funding available for each evidence programme is between £875,000 and £1.063 million over three years. All applicants will need to refer to the common specification, and each relevant evidence programme document, depending on which wellbeing theme they intend to address.

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