Thursday, 8 March 2018

Directors Blog: How to measure Isolation?

Anecdotally, we know that the world is getting lonelier, we suspect more people are lonely that the world knows about. It could be a huge issue in the future, and many charities are working hard to combat loneliness, at all ages.

How can we measure loneliness? People don't think of themselves as 56% lonely, but The Evaluator specialises in translating hard to measure things into numbers.

When asked to measure loneliness, The Evaluator has designed a scale which can be used as a standalone, but is particularly effective as a start and finish tool, where change can be measured.

Participants answer whether they agree or disagree with the following statements:

  • I get out of the house as much as I want to
  • I keep in touch with friends and family
  • I am not lonely
  • There is always someone I can talk to about my day to day problems
  • There are many people I can trust completely
  • I am content with my friendships and relationships
  • My physical health is good
  • I am content with my employment status

Assigning each answer a number, means we can measure how lonely a person is, at one moment in time. We can ask them again and track their movements. We can find out what happened to make them more lonely, and what happened in their lives to become less lonely.

We can show that socialising and low impact projects can actually make a massive difference, and show that numerically.