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User guides and further resources

Various resources are available to help you collect and analyse information using (S)WEMWBS.

For researchers

The original WEMWBS User Guide is available here. This is the guide that was originally developed for NHS Scotland, updated in 2015. It is intended for researchers and practitioners who are familiar with the use of scales in evaluations. It contains detailed information about the validation and distribution of the scale, comparison to other scales and some key questions about collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

For practitioners

We appreciate that many using (S)WEMWBS will be less experienced in evaluation. We have developed a practice based user guide which can be found here. It provides practical and easy to follow advice on using WEMWBS to evaluate a service or other intervention for practitioners who are new or relatively new to evaluation. It also contains advice about confidentiality.

Data analysis

We have also developed various tools to aid your analysis:

Excel Template containing sample data is available to download. This is a version of one originally produced by Lambeth local authority and adapted by Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health and Warwick Medical School. It will give basic statistics for evaluation of an intervention study. Instructions are included. Just delete the sample data and enter your own.


Resources for training in the use of WEWMBS as a pre and post intervention measure

Other guides

  •  Handbook from New Economics Foundation This handbook about measuring wellbeing was produced by the New Economics Foundation to support their evaluation of wellbeing interventions. It includes information about study design and scoring of SWEMWBS as well as findings from a population study.
  • The What Works Wellbeing Centre have published guidance on measuring mental wellbeing and are due to publish an online tool for incorporating (S)WEMWBS or other measures for mental wellbeing into evaluations.