Policy tools: wellbeing impacts and cost effectiveness

How does your policy or programme impact people's wellbeing? Is it good value?
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (68 ratings)
2,930 students
4hr 46min of on-demand video

a useful new way to measure the direct relationship between any policy or programme and its impact on people's wellbeing


  • Experience or understanding of how policy is made in the UK


This free video-based course is based on a live course delivered to policy makers and practitioners in October 2017. Comprising of theory and practical exercises, it will will teach you a useful new way to measure the direct relationship between any policy or programme and its impact on people's wellbeing. It draws on fresh, practical thinking from Lord Gus O’Donnell, Professor Richard Layard and other leading policy and wellbeing experts to give you the tools to calculate whether your policies or interventions are cost effective.

If you create or influence national or local policy, or run public programmes, you probably already know that improving people's wellbeing is the ultimate goal of any policy or public service. This is true whether it's within employment, health, planning, economics or any other sector.

Yet, until now, there's been no way to understand what's the best value for money when it comes to designing policies and programmes that improve people's lives.

That's why we are excited to announce this course, designed by the LSE and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. It lays out what factors determine wellbeing, then dives straight into the big ideas behind this transformative way of making and shaping policy.

Who this course is for:

  • Policy makers
  • Policy influencers


What Works Wellbeing
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 68 Reviews
  • 2,930 Students
  • 1 Course

We are an independent collaborative centre that puts high quality evidence on wellbing into the hands of decision-makers in government, communities, businesses and other organisations. We bring pioneering thinkers together from across these sectors to share ideas and solutions. Our goal: to improve, and save, lives through better policy and practice for wellbeing.

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