Values Survey – Getting Insights from Your Data

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The information in this post is directed towards people who have taken the H(app)athon Values Survey.  If you haven’t taken the survey, however, please feel free to read the following information to see the types of insights we’re creating for people participating in this research. 

The Email You Received

If you’ve completed the Values survey, you should have received an email with two personalized graphs showing your PERMA profile and VALUES scores.  These graphs were created by comparing your data from your intake and your outtake survey. 

As part of the study, you completed a new well-being measure, known as the PERMA-Profiler, developed by Dr. Margaret Kern at the University of Pennsylvania. This measure assesses several different aspects of well-being: positive and negative emotions, engagement, relationships with other people, a sense of meaning or purpose, accomplishment, physical health, and overall well-being. Typically, higher scores on P, E, R, M, A, and H, and lower scores on N reflect greater flourishing, but different profiles might be best for different people. Here is a sample (fictional data) personal PERMA Profile like the one you received in your personalized email.  It compares your data at the beginning and end of the two week period you took the survey:


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You also rated different values. You noted how much you identify with different descriptions of people. These values have been assessed around the world as part of the World Values Survey, and give some insight into what makes life important to you.  Here is a sample (fictional data) comparison of values data featuring a graph like the one we sent to you.

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General Insights (well-being)

As we noted in our survey, we believe that if you want your life to count, you have to take a count of your life.  That’s what you’ve done by taking a measure of your well-being and your values.  When looking at your well-being and values, try to not be self-critical, but simply think about what insights come to you as you study the results. 

For instance, for your well-being scores, if you had higher numbers upon completing the survey than when you started, the act of measuring yourself may have been a positive experience.  If your scores were lower upon completing the survey, you may have been in lower spirits at the time you filled out your answers, or measuring yourself may have been a difficult experience. 

While we sincerely hope this survey has/will help you increase your well-being, sometimes drops in well-being can help you identify areas to improve. So we encourage you to focus more on analyzing why your scores went up or went down – did you have a particularly interesting or challenging couple of weeks? Are there behaviors you can pinpoint that helped you increase your well-being, and you should continue doing, or behaviors that lowered your wellbeing that you can avoid? 

General Insights (values)

This same logic applies to your values.  We designed our questions so that your answers could provide you insights that might be actionable in some way.  Along those lines, when looking at your values upon completing the survey, ask yourself the following types of questions:

Did identifying my Values help me understand them better?
Did rating my Values change my perception of what I truly hold dear?
Did tracking my Values bring insights into how I spend my time in relation to what I think I care about?

There are no right or wrong answers for these questions – they’re designed to help you genuinely examine your values as you try to live them out each day.  We do hope, however, that your insights regarding your values prove to be actionable. Along those lines, here are some questions that we hope prove helpful:

Why do you think certain Value categories (work, family) were so much higher when you first filled out the survey than when you ended the survey?
Do you think tracking your Values helped you realize which Values you’re actually living to each day?
Do you think your results have shown you one or two (or more) Value categories where you can spend more/less time to find more balance or wellbeing in your life?
What keeps you from trying to live to your Values?  Are those things you can minimize in an effort to increase your well-being and happiness?

Beta Testers Group Report

You are a part of a special group of beta testers. As part of the survey, you provided thoughts on how you define well-being or happiness. The image below illustrates how you and others defined well-being:

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Below are two graphs showing a composite of the first forty seven people who completed the Values Survey. Here is a graph showing aggregate results, re: well-being:

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Overall, people increased well-being scores, and decreased their negative emotions.  Our hope is that the act of identifying and tracking Values contributed to this increase. 

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The importance of Values generally increased over the two-week period. Our hope is that differences are due to changing perceptions, due to tracking values over the two week period.

For Recommendations on Next Steps to increase your Well-being based on your results, please Click Here.