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Archives: Wellbeing Impact Seminar

February 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Wellbeing is a term that we now hear daily, whether it’s the effects of loneliness being discussed on the radio or Unesco debating sustainable development and wellbeing for local communities; what is clear is that wellbeing is now an accepted and significant element of understanding the value of community and cultural assets.

A seminar discussing wellbeing and wellbeing evaluation in terms of the different archive audiences. There has been some great examples of archive services measuring the wellbeing impact of projects; attendees will explore what effects well being and consider how archives could contribute and measure the impact they are having.

The seminar will start with a presentation from Ingrid Abreu Scherer of The What Works Wellbeing Centre.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is part of the What Works Centre network  (here). The Centre brings together the evidence about the relative impacts on wellbeing of policies and projects, their cost and the quality of the evidence. The evidence programmes have been commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council on behalf the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The Centre also has a role to support the development of the evidence base. The What Works Centre is independent of government with a clear and relevant policy and delivery focus.

Ingrid’s presentation will address:

Evidence and learning

· the state of the archive sector, and examples of good practice

· the role of TNA in supporting better evaluation


· concepts and definitions

· what affects wellbeing – mechanisms and interventions

· models and tools for evaluating wellbeing

During the second half of the seminar we will discuss how a wellbeing impact toolkit could add value to the evaluation tools you already have at your disposal and what form it may take.

Seminar timings:

Coffee and Welcome 10:00

Introduction 10:30

Developing a wellbeing model for archives: Ingrid Abreu Scherer 10:40

Questions 12:10

Lunch 12:20

What’s the role of TNA in supporting evaluation? 13:00

Impact toolkit – What do we want to measure (Group work) 13:15

How would a toolkit be useful 13:35

What would a useful tookit include 13:45

How do we want to use the data 14:00

Closing and next steps 14:15

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided, if you have any special requirements please email rob.chipperfield@nationalarchives.gov.uk


February 7, 2019
10:00 am - 2:30 pm


The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew, TW9 4DU
020 8876 3444