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Wellbeing With Nature Evaluation and Impact

 

Natural Academy have collaborated with Avon Wildlife Trust and The Care Forum and developed an evaluation method focussed on a number of key principles

  • Simplicity

  • Usefulness to participant

  • Effective

 

The method uses a range of validated questions that have been integrated into an 'Outcome Flower'  which is given to the participant at the beginning of the course, reviewed during it and then a further one is given at the end. This holistic approach is integrated into the design of the course and elicits the experience of the participants and therefore useful to their journey of recovery, self care and nature connectedness. 

Our evaluation method reflects the theory and structure of the course and provides a tool for participants to identify areas of their wellbeing that they wish to address and assess their progression through the course.

The main health and wellbeing interventions are all integrated into nature-based activities that support people to increase their connections to nature and through these interventions find resources for their self-care, management of the impact of their conditions and general health and wellbeing. 

Methodology for the self–care course evaluation.

The methodologies have been selected which allow the project team to collect data that will evidence whether outcomes are being met, during and after an individuals’ involvement in the project.

Methodology 1 = Holistic Health and Nature Scale (H-Han Wellbeing wheel).

Methodology 3 = Feedback Form 

Methodology 4 = Follow up interview 

These approaches will create 3 distinct sets of data:

  1. Quantitative data generated by use of the wellbeing wheel, based on the items developed as part of the holistic Health and Nature Scale (H-han) to measure participants’ wellbeing and connectivity to nature.

  2. Self-reported qualitative data on feedback form (see Pics)

  3. Qualitative data through a follow up interview to measure if wellbeing and connectedness to nature has been sustained

 

Below are the questions that are used and the validated source they come from. They are presented as flower image 

Scale / Questionnaire

1 Self-esteem

How satisfied are you with yourself?  

Your self-esteem, image of yourself, confidence

EUROHIS-QOL

2 Mood

How much do you experience positive feelings in your life? 

Your mood, lots of energy or a bit flat.

World Health Organisation Quality Of Life-100 (1995)

3 Motivation

To what extent do you feel your life to be meaningful?

Sense of motivation, what gets you out of bed, purpose

 

WHOQOL-SRPB

4 Physical health

How satisfied are you with your physical health?

Personal Wellbeing Index - Adult

 

5 Healthy Eating

How would you rate your healthy eating habits?

6 Physical Activity

How do you rate your level of physical activity? 

Anything that moves your body, house cleaning, walking to the shops

 

7 Relationships

My social relationships are supportive and rewarding? 

Friends and family

Flourishing Scale

 

8 Community

How satisfied are you with feeling part of your community? 

Do you engage in other activities locally, do you spend time in your community, talk to your neighbours, volunteer

 

Personal wellbeing Index - Adult

9 Connected to nature

Even in the middle of the city, I notice nature around me.

Walking, in the park, gardening, sitting in your garden

 

Nature Relatedness Scale, Nisbet et al (2009)

 

10 Wider nature

I think of the natural world as a community to which I belong.

I think of myself as part of nature not separate from it.(Env Identity Scale)

 

Connectedness to Nature Scale