Introduction to the WARM framework and its application within communities with three case studies.

Key Points:

  • The Wellbeing and Resilience Measure (WARM) is a framework through which to measure wellbeing and resilience at a local level.
  • Enables local professionals and communities to understand the services which are impacting people, and which are not, can identify strengths and weaknesses and inform decisions on resource allocation.
  • Using WARM:
    • To measure life satisfaction – can assess the state of a community.
    • To map local assets and vulnerabilities – can be used through a general audit of a community or focus on specific issues such as social capital.
    • To inform local decision making – provides a starting point for re-designing local services and local initiatives.
  • 5 Stages of WARM:
    • 1 – Measuring wellbeing in three domains:
      • Self – how people feel about their lives.
      • Support – the quality of social supports and networks within communities.
      • Structure and systems – the strength of infrastructure and environment in supporting a good life and helping people achieve.
    • 2 – Measuring resilience – mapping assets and vulnerability in communities.
    • 3 – Benchmarking – using national and local authority wide data to consider local trends in life satisfaction.
    • 4 – Planning – using gathered data from stages 1 to 3 to inform communities, commissioners and local partnerships on what is and isn’t working.
    • 5 – Action – creating or re-configuring local services so they serve the needs of communities effectively.