Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress – Impact of COVID-19 (Interim 2021)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


Coronavirus (COVID-19), also known as SARS-CoV-2, is a virus that has been spreading worldwide, affecting an individual’s lungs and airways (with other affects under investigation). Action taken to limit the spreading of COVID-19 has included lockdown of entire countries, including the United Kingdom. This measure consists mainly of physical isolation and social distancing, but in the long term, has resulted in social isolation and lower levels of well-being (Pierce, et al., 2020; Iob, Steptoe, and Fancourt, 2020). The impact on social isolation and well-being is intensified for individuals already experiencing a high level of deprivation and low levels of health and well-being. Research (Bell and Blanchflower, 2020) shows that approximately 20% of people had lost at least half of their income due to COVID-19.

This report presents the interim results from research evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on the participants and the delivery partners of the BBO Working Progress programme, between July 2020 and February 2021. Quantitative data were gathered through an online questionnaire that captured the responses from 47 programme participants, delivery partners and other organisations on the consequences of COVID-19. Whilst, qualitative data consisted of 10 semi-structured interviews with BBO Working Progress delivery partners, focusing on the psychological consequences of COVID-19 and the difficulties in delivering the BBO Working Progress programme.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Northampton
Commissioning bodyGoodwill Solutions
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


  • Satisfaction with life
  • Well-being
  • Covid-19
  • Employability
  • Evaluation


Dive into the research topics of 'Building Better Opportunities: Working Progress – Impact of COVID-19 (Interim 2021)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this