Friday, 27 March 2020

How are we coping with Coronavirus? 21 statistics around our health and wellbeing from the first week of lockdown. Now updated to include week 2 and week 3.

On Friday 3rd April, we added the Week 2 results in. Here they are: 

The world is changing. Here in the UK we are being asked to stay at home, to work from home, and to minimise our movement and travel down to the necessities. We are being asked this to ease pressure on the NHS, to stop the spread of the virus and to save lives.

It's a strange new world, and we wanted to see if we could understand how people are coping. Well, as you all know, we measure wellbeing regularly. So we did a small survey in our local area, Barnoldswick and nearby to see how people are doing.

Week 2 includes a few more further flung people, as people have shared the survey to friends and family across the UK. 

On Friday 10th April, we added the Week 3 results in. Here they are:

Here are the results.

  • 16% of everyone have been asked to stay at home for 12 weeks, 84% have not
  • Week 2: 12% of everyone have been asked to stay at home for 12 weeks, 88% have not
  • Week 3: 21% of everyone have been asked to stay at home for 12 weeks, 79% have not
  • 5% work in the NHS, and a further 11% had close friends or family who worked for the NHS
  • Week 2: 5% work in the NHS, and a further 10% had close friends or family who worked for the NHS
  • Week 3: 5% work in the NHS, and a further 13% had close friends or family who worked for the NHS
  • 23% were considered key workers and continued to work, and a further 45% had close friends and family members who were continuing to work
  • Week 2: 23% were considered key workers and continued to work, and a further 38% had close friends and family members who were continuing to work. This could mean more people are off work ill at the moment. 
  • Week 3: 20% were considered key workers and continued to work, and a further 36% had close friends and family members who were continuing to work. This probably does mean more people are off work ill at the moment. 
We asked the statement; how anxious do you feel for yourself and your family?
The average score was 6, but there was a huge range of answers here. 20% were very concerned, scoring 10/10 for anxiety.

Week 2: The average score was 6, but there was a huge range of answers here. There has been a small fall to 17% were very concerned, scoring 10/10 for anxiety.

Week 3: The average score remains 6, but there was a huge range of answers here. There has been a bigger fall to 10% were very concerned, scoring 10/10 for anxiety, possibly people are getting used to a new 'normal'. 

We asked the statement; how anxious do you feel for the world?
The average score was 7 with 36% of people feeling very anxious and scoring 10/10.

Week 2: The average score was 7 with a larger fall of 21% of people feeling very anxious and scoring 10/10.

Week 3: The average score fell to 6 with a larger fall of 10% of people feeling very anxious and scoring 10/10. Please note these were not all the same people who felt anxious for themselves and their family. This is a strong indication that people are coping better in week 3 than in week 1 and 2.  

The Warwick- Edinburgh scale of wellbeing measures emotional wellbeing. It's a well used and well respected scale.

The average Warwick-Edinburgh Score was 44.8. That is MUCH lower than we would normally expect. The average England score here is usually around 51. The NHS states that anything under 40 is indicative of mental health issues and we had 23% of respondents score under 40.

Week 2: Our wellbeing scores are plummeting... 

Week 2: The average Warwick-Edinburgh Score was 41.9. That is MUCH lower than we would normally expect and a significant fall in wellbeing. The average England score here is usually around 51. The NHS states that anything under 40 is indicative of mental health issues and we had 38% of respondents score under 40. 

Week 3: Our wellbeing scores are creeping up slowly... 


Week 3: The average Warwick-Edinburgh Score was 42.5. That is MUCH lower than we would normally expect and a significant fall in wellbeing. The average England score here is usually around 51. The NHS states that anything under 40 is indicative of mental health issues and we had 41% of respondents score under 40, which is an increase since Week 2 and a large increase since Week 1. 


We asked people what they were concerned about?
  • Food and Shopping - 66% were somewhat or very concerned
  • Week 2: Food and Shopping - 54% were somewhat or very concerned, a fall in concern levels
  • Week 3: Food and Shopping - 59% were somewhat or very concerned, a rise in concern levels
  • Health - 77% were somewhat or very concerned
  • Week 2: Health - 73% were somewhat or very concerned, a fall in concern levels
  • Week 3: Health - 74% were somewhat or very concerned, a small rise in concern levels
  • Money - 50% were somewhat or very concerned
  • Week 2: Money - 63% were somewhat or very concerned, a rise in concern levels
  • Week 3: Money - 56% were somewhat or very concerned, a large fall in concern levels









People had visited their GP on average 1.11 times in the last three months and on average take 1.55 types of medication every day.

Week 2: People had visited their GP on average 0.76 times in the last three months and on average take 1.15 types of medication every day. Both of these numbers have fallen. 

Week 3: People had visited their GP on average 0.72 times in the last three months and on average take 0.94 types of medication every day. Both of these numbers have continued to fall. 

We asked people on how many days they exercised?
  1. 7% - Week 2: 8% Week 3: 8%
  2. 14% - Week 2: 12% Week 3: 12%
  3. 23% - Week 2: 27% Week 3: 18%
  4. 7% - Week 2: 4% Week 3: 12%
  5. 16% - Week 2: 15% Week 3: 11%
  6. 5% - Week 2: 2% Week 3: 3%
  7. 16%  - Week 2: 21% Week 3: 28%
and only 14% (12% in Week 2, and 8% in Week 3) did no exercise at all. It will be  interesting to see changes here, as the deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, stated on last night's Covid-19 briefing that they hope people will use the time at home to exercise more. In Week 3 we are starting to see this, as the most popular answer is to exercise everyday and has replaced 3 times a week. 












We also asked about loneliness, but it won't make much sense until we repeat the survey and measure the change. We are planning to do this every week or two weeks, in case of illness.


People are feeling more lonely in Week 2, although this eases slightly in Week 3.


About our respondents;
  • 44% were working from home and 31% were at home without work
  • 29% were caring for children or other adults
  • 5% were at home and feeling ill
  • 80% were female and 20% male
  • 100% were White British
  • 11% were aged under 30, 64% aged between 30 and 60 and 25% were over 60 years old
  • 61% were not disabled, 32% were limited a little and 7% limited a lot
About our Week 2 respondents;
  • 56% were working from home and 32% were at home without work
  • 44% were caring for children or other adults
  • 4% were at home and feeling ill
  • 87% were female and 13% male
  • 100% were White British
  • 6% were aged under 30, 80% aged between 30 and 60 and 14% were over 60 years old
  • 88% were not disabled, 12% were limited a little and 0% limited a lot
About our Week 3 respondents;
  • 29% were working from home and 43% were at home without work
  • 38% were caring for children or other adults
  • 4% were at home and feeling ill and a further 4% were caring for children or other adults who were feeling ill
  • 88% were female and 12% male
  • 97% were White British and 3% were from a Black or Minority Ethnic background
  • 11% were aged under 30, 65% aged between 30 and 60 and 24% were over 60 years old
  • 71% were not disabled, 16% were limited a little and 11% limited a lot, with a further 3% preferring not to say
How are we coping?

40% of people are using new ways to connect with technology. In Week 2: this had risen to 69%. 
In Week 3 56% had been using new ways to connect with technology and 42% were using technology the same as they normally would. Possibly a lot of the learning for new technologies happened in Week 2, and it was now part of people's 'normality'. 

The following is a list of all the ways people were coping. We wanted to share the ideas and end on a positive note. 


  • Daily walk with dogs. Read books. Stay in contact with family and friends. Try to find positives
  • Trying not to think to much about it
  • You tube, walking, videos
  • Walking in the fresh air  , watching comedy on tv
  • Gardening, reading books, trying to limit social media and news
  • Cycling, walking, crafts, gardening, cooking, face timing friends and family
  • Listen to music.
  • Positive mental attitude. I look at the huge opportunities the future presents
  • Playing games, talking to my grandma over her yard wall
  • I've been looking at new hobbies.
  • Reading, crafting,
  • Walking the dog. Video links to the gym. Trying to eat well.
  • The whole thing is irritating me as I'm trying to juggle being made redundant and selling my house right now!
  • Enjoying nature
  • Documentaries,  Cpd,  Cooking from scratch
  • Enjoying the sunshine in the yard. Making things at home. Playing games
  • Reading, gardening, cleaning, tv, jigsaw puzzles,
  • Decorating reading and walking
  • chatting to family and friends. started doing some crafts. cleaning
  • Organising/Spring Cleaning  Indoor Recreational Activities
  • PE with Joe Wicks, Video Calling friends and making plans, gardening and planning to grow food, gratitude and positive thinking
  • Creating family WhatsApp groups. Speaking more to people when safe to. Checking in on elderly parents
  • Gardening
  • Gardening
  • Ringing family and friends. Walking alone most days. Spring cleaning. Gardening
  • Keep busy.
Gardening is certainly a popular answer!

Week 2 answers:
  • After I planned for the worse case scenario I am now trying to enjoy some down time
  • Exercise when i can but rare opportunity as 3 disabled kids at home to entertain.
  • Set up a new online shop , filming art tutorials, cooking
  • Daily exercise as usual
  • Trying to stay away from the news, exercise daily & keep in touch with friends  family & colleagues
  • Meditation, focusing on work, spending time with the kids, watching telly, going for runs, walking, starting a journal
  • Walking to get fresh air   Trying to eat healthier
  • Wine!!!
  • Routines;   Daily workouts   work / Admin throughout the day,   Watching a netflix series with my girlfriend in the evening   Xbox   Friday night drinks in the flat with my girlfriend
  • spending time with the children and doing conditioning exercises with Max Whitlock online
  • Crochet essays tv walks
  • Video calling  Baking  Cleaning  Organising  Walking
  • Nothing as I have the virus
  • Focusing on cheering other people up to take my mind off own problems
  • Walking each day
  • Exercise indoors, walks outside when I can. Talking to friends and family often. Reading, watching tv and films that cheer me up.
  • Drinking
  • Getting outside -
  • Gardening / hard landscaping the garden
  • Exercise, Gardening, Gratitude, Jigsaw
  • Landscape gardening.    Playing board games.
  • One day at a time no plans
  • Looking after my horses
  • Have fun at home. Keep in contact with people.
  • Baking and reading
  • Jobs ,gardening , rtf
  • Reading, exercise videos and doing arts and crafts with my children
  • Walk each day
  • Joe Wick's PE
  • Exercise every day. Cook nice things
  • PMA
  • Daily walk with family
  • Continue working, checking in on neighbours, family and friends, maintaining routine with my children, continuing physical activity
  • Knitting, watching box sets, cleaning

In Week 3, we asked some questions about hope. People on the whole think the shutdown will last about 12 weeks. That would mean these measures continuing to the 15th June. 

Finally we asked about hope for the future. On average, where 10 was very hopeful and 0 was no hope, people scored a 6. 10% of people were full of hope scoring 10/10 on this question. 

I think we have learned quite a lot during these three weeks of shutdown. We will run this work again when we know there is an end date or in another month or so, rather than weekly.

Any queries about this work, drop us an email at kirsty@theevaluator.co.uk



Monday, 23 March 2020

Spring in the 72 Seasons

Would you like to come on an adventure in nature with us? One which can all be done from home?

If the answer is yes, please sign up for Spring in our 72 Seasons project, where we measure your changes in health and wellbeing, while exploring the changes in nature.



In this project there is a new season every 4 or 5 days and we ask you to try and notice the new season. You will be asked to complete health and wellbeing surveys at the beginning and end and short reports as to what you have noticed. In total it takes about 30 minutes of your time over the whole season.

Our current Winter seasonal seekers have told us they feel closer to nature and it's made them look more.

The world is chaotic and overwhelming right now, and many people are stuck at home and anxious. We get that. But nature doesn't. Why not see if this project can help you to get through difficult times?

Sign up here http://eepurl.com/gPQTyj

This project is part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership series of projects. You can see further details here. 




Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Coronavirus; Our Response

All of The Evaluator staff are working from home in response to the Coronavirus. Our team is normally home based, but now we are not taking any face to face appointments or travelling to clients. We are having video calls, and phone calls, and emailing more people.

Some of our clients have had to cancel all their work, some are busy trying to work out if they can amend any of their programmes. Some are asking us to do more work for them. We are 'figuring it out' day by day at the moment and trying to be as flexible and helpful as possible.

We are still considering ways in which we can be of help. People across the world are feeling anxious; about themselves, about health, about food shortages, about money, about work, about life as we know it. Our wellbeing is going to be changing all the time, and maybe we should be measuring that?

None of us know what is coming next, so all we can say is, if you are reading this...

Stay safe & stay sane.


Monday, 2 March 2020

Recommissioned for Stronger Families

We are delighted to announce our policy work with Leeds City Council has been recommissioned.

It's always lovely to know that people like your work and want to work with you again. Here at The Evaluator we really do pride ourselves on working hard for current clients. Did you know we are still working with 3 of our original 4 clients? It would probably be 4 out of 4 if a member of staff had not left. Even so, that 75% is something we are really proud of. We know who helped us get started, and we are loyal to our clients. We want to build relationships, and we want them to be long ones. We are trying to transform evaluation services, and one of those ways, is by being so great to work with, people automatically include evaluation, and automatically ask us what we can do for them.

Leeds City Council is the partnership lead for Stronger Families which is a Building Better Opportunities project. These projects are co-financed by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. One of the requirements of the funding is to produce measure-able policies on Cross-Cutting Themes. In this case the policies need to include numbers and show progress towards agreed targets for both Sustainability and Equality.

The Evaluator will again be monitoring and measuring these policies for Stronger Families. We are excited to work together again.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

New Branding Rules!




Did you notice our new branding? It's a ruler! Isn't that just perfect for us, seeing as we spend all day every day measuring things!

We have been enjoying using it in lots of different ways recently.

Updating client feedback...


We do work hard you know. It's so nice that others notice and mention it. 

We even updated our own measurements... 

Yay, very happy with that one! 

Think here is a good time to shout out to Holik Creative who did the logo design, concept and branding for us. 

They were a dream to work with. Local too. Heartily recommended, give them a shout. 

Friday, 24 January 2020

Working with the National Festival of Making 2020

We are delighted to announce we are working with The National Festival of Making again in 2020.

The National Festival of Making is an award-winning festival with national renown. In 2019 The Evaluator joined the project team to provide quick solutions to capture audience experience in a fast moving, multi-activity, street and venue-based festival.

The festival team were delighted with their final evaluation report explaining “we are using the evaluation so much and receiving incredible comments about the robustness of the data! Thank you so much!” Lauren Zawadzki, Director, Deco Publique

Not only are they lovely clients to work with, they wanted to know what was possible and actually asked us to give them our dream evaluation brief for the festival this year!

You can see more about the festival here. 

Update: March 2020: Sadly the festival has been postphoned due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A full statement is available on the website link above.

Friday, 3 January 2020

Thanks to all our 2019 Clients

It's that time of year, when you spend a minute looking back.

What a year we have had! Thanks to all our clients. We can't wait to see who joins the list for 2020. We will probably have to make a two page image next year.

The 'Eagle-Eyed' amongst you may also notice how many clients have stayed with us for another year. We still have our very first two clients! That makes us feel really proud, you absolutely know you are doing a good  job when people keep coming back.