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Wellbeing at Work: Year 2 Evaluation Summary (2022 – 2023)

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The Wellbeing at Work programme enters year three of delivery, how time flies!

Since the launch of the programme in 2021, there have been 139 East Sussex employers register their interest. 64 of those have seen their achievements recognised with an award: Commitment – 24, Bronze – 30, Silver 8, Gold 2. A big congratulations to those awarded employers and a message of encouragement to those striving towards accreditation.

The programme is unique in that it has been independently evaluated since its inception by Mike Parker from Progress Health Partnerships, and Nick Cavill from Cavill Associates.  The programme released its first evaluation report in December 2022, covering October 2021 to October 2022. A process evaluation design was used to understand why the intervention was successful or not in achieving its aims and objectives. Also, for whom the programme works best for by providing insight into aspects of the intervention that might need changing or developing. At the time of the first evaluation, there were 72 organisations registered, reaching over 7,000 employees. Year one gave the Wellbeing at Work team great confidence that employers benefitted and enjoyed the process. It was recommended to ‘continue the good work!’.

So, that’s what we did. Programme Coordinator, Sarah Nash and Project Officer, Flavia De Melo Dewey, followed later in 2023 by new programme coordinator Matt Ellis and Georgie Chesman, Project Officer, continued the fantastic work. The team built upon the foundations set by almost doubling the number of registered organisations in year two. The evaluation focuses from November 2022 – November 2023 and the process remained largely the same. 68 organisations provided data (17,915 employees, 72% female, 52% aged over 44 years, 70% classified as ‘White British’ – lower than the local population, 92%). Below is a summary of the year two evaluation findings and recommendations.

Evaluation Aim

To understand the extent to which the programme has achieved its intended outputs and outcomes (please see East Sussex Wellbeing at Work Accreditation Programme – Independent Evaluation Report Year 2 for full list of intended outputs and outcomes) and explore the factors that influenced this.

Evaluation Objectives

  1. To critically appraise and advise on the process of developing and implementing the programme
  2. To gather the views and opinions of stakeholders, employers and employees involved in the programme
  3. To gather and analyse programme level data, to include as a minimum output data, short-term impact data and medium-term outcome data
  4. To draft and then finalise an annual evaluation report with key findings that address the main questions of the evaluation and draw clear recommendations based on objective findings of the research

Evaluation design included the following activities

Finding Summary


Registered Organisations

pie chart of number of registered organisations by size for 2022-2023

Graph showing number of registered workplaces from 2021-2023

Registered Organisations (sector)


Reasons for registering

Topics of interest

Sickness absence data

Table showing reasons for sickness absence amongst registered workplaces 2022-2023

Organisational impact

Employee perspectives

Training Provision


For the programme

For the evaluation

  1. The programme is almost unique among workplace health programmes in that it was evaluated independently from the start. This should continue
  2. The core data collection system should continue as this allows ongoing monitoring of progress
  3. Annual surveys of employers and employees should also continue as they allow an assessment of progress
  4. Stakeholder surveys appear to be less useful (as stakeholders are universally supportive) and these surveys could be replaced with depth interviews.
  5. The focus in year three should be on increasing the rigour of the evaluation methodology to capture employee outcomes. This includes collecting impact data from employees, with a focus on their changes in knowledge and behaviours. This will require a new methodology and may target specific workplaces through depth evaluation case studies
  6. Promote the findings of the work to date. It may be time for a journal article aimed at the public health community, as well as less formal articles in the trade press

We hope you enjoyed reading about our Wellbeing at Work journey in year two. Read the full Year Two Evaluation Report here.

We will continue to work towards supporting East Sussex businesses and their employees. Our aim is to continue to improve health and wellbeing factors and tackling existing health inequalities, at an individual and organisation level.

A big thank you to all that take the time and the effort in contributing to our data collection for our evaluation and to continuing striving towards a workplace that prioritises their employees health and wellbeing.

Keep up the great work!


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