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The Light Wheel

A framework and toolkit for understanding and measuring holistic wellbeing

Cover illustration of the 'Light Wheel' framework for measuring change holistically

Cover illustration of the 'Light Wheel' framework for measuring change holistically

At Tearfund, we believe that transformation in each of the Light Wheel’s nine spokes (aspects of wellbeing) is the basis for a full and flourishing life. The Light Wheel toolkit has a set of participatory data-collection tools that can be used to measure wellbeing and to think about the holistic change impact of our work. It has been co-designed with individuals, churches and communities from around the world. Their experiences and views are at the centre of how change is assessed.

The Introductory guide to the Light Wheel will provide you with all the information you need to understand the theory behind the Light Wheel and the purpose of it, and it will guide you as you decide how to use it.

The Light Wheel toolkit will guide you through how to implement the Light Wheel tools in your context. The tools include group discussions and the Light Wheel survey, which can be used in different ways throughout the project cycle such as for baselines and evaluations.

We are currently working on a new version of the Light Wheel toolkit, which is based on the experiences and best practices of Light Wheel users across the world from the last ten years. We hope to be launching this in autumn 2023.

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