The Outcomes Star, Richter Scale and The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) are excellent ways to measure soft outcomes and distance travelled.

1. Outcomes Star

This is a visual, graph or map in the shape of a many pointed star. Each point of the star represents a different scale and these are used to measure the change when working with people. There are a number of different versions of the star depending on the people you are working with and what your project aims to achieve. There are Stars to measure outcomes in:

  • Community development
  • Worklessness
  • Youth work
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing




2. Richter Scale

This is a user friendly tool based around a set of sliding scales which are designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.
The Richter Scale® is a simple motivational assessment designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.
The tool itself is an A4 size hand-held board with ten headings down the left hand side and a magnetic slider for each heading. This slider can be moved along a scale of 0 to 10, enabling the user to scale how they feel about each topic.
The process is empowering for the individual, encouraging them to see the ‘bigger picture’ and realise how different aspects of their life impact on each other. With the interviewer, the individual can explore possibilities, make informed choices and take responsibility for their own goals.
A larger group might want to follow the Richter Scale and purchase the resources, or a smaller group or project might want to sue the general idea to develop your own tool for the people you work with.




3. The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS)

Newly developed scale for assessing positive mental health (mental well-being). A 14 positively worded item scale with five response categories. It covers most aspects of positive mental health (positive thoughts and feelings). You use the charge as a baseline and then at regular intervals to assess distance travelled.


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  1. As well as these, some of the most amazing tools I have used are Oxfam’s Sustainable Livelihoods Toolkit. They have a whole resource of tools that help people think about how they can build on what they already have….they call it an asset based approach. Its cool! To find out more about the tool check out this link:

  2. The Outcomes Star was brilliant in supporting many Groups delivering with European Engagement Gateway money. The Outcome Star is really easy to understand from the participant and supporting workers perspective. There are now so many stars: stars to support individual’s growth, individuals in communities growth and families, for example. Stars underpin the skills, attitudes, beliefs and values of an individual’s journey towards self suficiency. Using is believing! Register at and down load a whole host of stars to support your project/learning!

  3. Need some explanation of what soft outcomes and distance travelled are…


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