We would like to express our thanks to everyone that has helped
us in the development of NPC's Well-being Measure.
The Public Zone team for their creativity,
enthusiasm, expertise and hard work on this website.
The academics whose work we used or that influenced us:
- Our measure of life satisfaction - known as Cantril's ladder -
is taken from the work of Professor Hadley Cantril, a psychologist
at Princeton University in the 1950s.
- Our measure of self-esteem uses the self-concept scale from the
Self-Description Questionnaire by Professor Herbert Marsh from the
Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.
- Our measure of emotional well-being draws influences from
across the literature on child psychology.
- Our resilience measure draws influence from the work of Dr Gail
Wagnild and Dr Heather Young, although it does not represent the
same construct or in any way reproduce the same measure as their
- Our measure of the relationship with friends and family and
satisfaction with community and school, is based on the
Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scales by Professor Scott
Huebner, Department of Psychology at the University of South
Our steering group that helped to shape the development of the
survey in 2008 and 2009. The members were: Professor Ann Buchanan,
Director for the Oxford Centre for Research into Parenting and
Children Oxford University; Dr John Ivens, educational psychologist
and head teacher of the Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School;
Nicola Steuer at the New Economics Foundation; Jane Glover at
Barnardos; and Alison Pollard at the Big Lottery Fund. We also wish
to thank Gwyther Rees at The Children's Society for his advice when
developing the questions.
The organisations that piloted versions of the survey during its
development. These were: Barnardo's, Beatbullying, The Place2Be,
The Prince's Trust, and The Outward Bound Trust.
The organisations that helped us to develop the online version
of the tool and provided invaluable feedback. These were:
Barnardo's, Beatbullying, Body and Soul Charity, Community Links,
CSV, Eltham Hill Technology College, Kingston Bereavement Trust,
LIFT/Digismart, The Outward Bound Trust, and The Place2Be.
Roger Siddle and David Hutchison for their guidance and
Martin Perry and Nick Kennerley at KPC Media for
their work on the videos.
Peter Church, Kathy Berry and Elsha Butler at Linklaters LLP for
The funders who have supported our work on well-being: the Paul Hamlyn
Foundation, the Private Equity Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn
Mitesh Patel, Andy Halsall, Marleen Enright, Xiao Cia, Henry
Warren, Charles Mindenhall, Alexandra Stevenson and NPC's trustees
for their various contributions.