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Using the Satisfaction With Life Scale as Social Impact Measurement

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Nowadays, social service agencies are increasingly subjected to pressures to conduct evidence-based program evaluations. While typically, by convention these assessments were output based, nonetheless, stakeholders (i.e., the impact investors, donors, public funders, private sectors) increasingly look beyond this standard and request for demonstration of the social outcomes created. Interests and attention have been rising on the use of Social Impact Measurement (“SIM”) to measure the social impact of a project.

In this article we explain why subjective well-being measures, such as the measure of life satisfaction, can be one of the appropriate measures for SIM. Second, we provide statistics of the local population scores on life satisfaction from a recent population survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong. This article have practice implications for SIM in the Hong Kong setting.

Download the article here. 

Chan Chee Hon, The University of Hong Kong
Ted Kwan, Fullness Social Enterprises Society

WeCare Fund 2017 for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Projects

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WeCare Fund for Student-Initiated Youth Suicide Prevention Project is conducted by The Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention. The Fund aims to encourage students to organise, initiate, and implement mental health related projects at university campuses with the support of professional advisors. Through these projects, we hope to nurture positive emotions at campuses and to enhance awareness of mental health issues among youths.

With the generous support of Ms Beatrice Mok, Founder of Community Partner Foundation, the project invited applications from students and tertiary institutions from June to August 2017. Eleven selected projects had been successfully funded and completed at 10 tertiary institutions by July 2018. An award ceremony was held on the 31st January, 2019. Best Practice Award was awarded to four projects. They were all granted with additional HK$30,000 to sustain and expand their projects. An in-depth news reporting of the project can be found at : 【走出傷痛】富商八年前輕生 遺孀首開腔憶傷痛:當時很多signal

Best Practice Award was awarded to (not in any order):

WeCare About You – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
Always by your side – The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Heart to heart -The University of Hong Kong
Open Care, Open Heart – The Open University of Hong Kong

Certificates of Appreciation was awarded to (not in any order):

Take it easy – Chinese University of Hong Kong
Other ways out – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Here we are – Shue Yan University
Shed it off – Tung Wah College
The Empathy Production The University of Hong Kong
Joyful Ambassador– IVE- Hawking Wong Branch
Mental Health Program 2017 – Hong Kong College of Technology

Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” Official Launch Ceremony &
2018 Hong Kong Youth Mental Health and Internet Usage Survey Release

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Jockey Club Online Youth Emotional Support “Open Up” is the first 24/7 operated online-crisis support service targeting youth between 11-35 years old. Help-seekers can chat with counsellors via popular social media platforms including WeChat and the official web portal regarding their study, family, work and relational induced emotional distress. This project is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and operates in conjunction with three leading youth non-profit organisations, namely, Caritas-Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

Together, a kickoff ceremony will be held on October 7, 2018 (Sunday) at the University of Hong Kong campus in the presence of the officiating guest – the Hon Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration.

Following the launch ceremony, the Chairman of the “Open Up” programme, Prof. Paul Yip, Director of CSRP, HKU will release youth’s usage of social media and their help seeking behavior in relation to their mental health status from the latest research and data analysis.  A user of online service will also share his experience of how he was supported by counselling online and the why he selected online option over others.  A volunteer will share her experience and gains from the “Open Up” programme.

Members of the press are cordially invited to attend the Launch Ceremony and Press Release with details as follows:

Date: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
Venue: 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, CPD 3.28, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (map)

Launch Ceremony 11:00 – 11:40 AM  (Media registration starts at 10:30)

Officiating guests: Hon. Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-Chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary for Administration
Representative of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Dr. Steven J. Cannon, Executive Vice President, The University of Hong Kong
Language: Majority of the ceremony will be in Cantonese

Press Release  11:45 AM – 12:30PM

Speaker: Prof. Paul S.F. Yip, Chair Professor of Social Work and Social Administration; Director of Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, HKU
Language: Cantonese with English supplementary materials (English is available for Q&A session)

Notes to Press

  • Entry into the venue during speeches and launch ceremony is not allowed.

Download official Press Release (English) here.
Download Press Release Slides here.

賽馬會青少年情緒健康網上支援平台 – 「Open噏」是全港首個全天候24小時為11至35歲青年提供情緒支援服務的網上平台,求助者可以利用文字訊息,透過社交媒體,包括WeChat以及計劃的官方網站進入平台與輔導員傾談,共同面對來自學業、家庭、工作、人際關係等引致的情緒困擾。計劃得到香港賽馬會慈善信託基金贊助及香港大學防止自殺研究中心支持,由香港明愛、香港青年協會及香港小童群益會共同營運。


啟動禮後,本計劃主席香港大學賽馬會防止自殺研究中心總監葉兆輝教授將報告最新研究數據及分析,當中包括青年使用網絡及社交媒體情況和青年求助行為與心理健康的關連。 在分享環節,一名使用網上輔導的青年將分享如何在服務中獲得支持,以及他選擇網上輔導而非其他傳統服務的原因,另有一名「Open噏」義工將分享參與計劃的經驗及服務過程中的得著。


日期        :2018年10月7日(星期日)
時間        :上午11點
地點        :香港薄扶林香港大學百周年校園賽馬會教學樓3樓CPD 3.28(請參閱地圖指示)

啟動禮 早上11:00 – 11:40  (傳媒招待於10:30AM開始)

主禮嘉賓: 政務司司長 張建宗, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
語言: 主要以粵語進行

調查發布會 早上11:45 – 12:30

講者: 香港大學社會工作及社會行政學系講座教授 及
語言: 主要以粵語進行,並有英文資料補充(問答環節可用英語)


  • 演講和啟動儀式進行時,不能進入場地。


Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau: Challenges and Way-forward

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It is estimated that 1.35 million people, that is one-fifth of the population in Hong Kong are living below the poverty line (Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report 2016). While the Hong Kong government has spent considerable resources to reduce the number of households living in poverty, the widening poverty gap and increases in the number of older-adult and single-parent households has resulted in a group of households trapped in poverty. To address these challenges, The Symposium on Poverty Alleviation Strategies in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau aims at bringing together local, and regional scholars to examine the poverty situation in the cross-strait region and to identify effective poverty alleviation measures and strategies.

Date: 6th July 2018 (Friday)
Time: 15:30 to 17:45
Venue: Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (Map)
Language: English and Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation service provided)
Enquiry: Contact Ms. Carmen LAI at 9790-4529 or email to
Registration: (Seats are limited and please register on or before 1st July)

**All are welcome**


Time Schedule Speaker Download
1500-1530 Registration
1530-1545 How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong Guest of Honor: The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
1545-1610 Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in Mainland China and its development plan in future Professor ZHANG Qi
1610-1635 Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century Professor James HSUEH
1635-1700 Poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population in Macau, SAR Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
1700-1715 Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and opportunities Professor Paul YIP
1715-1745 Discussion Moderator: Dr ZHANG-yi

* Tea reception will be arranged at 15:00.


The Hon Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP
Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR Government

How to overcome problems of economic inequality in Hong Kong

Mr Cheung has been Chief Secretary for Administration since January 2017. He joined the Hong Kong Government as an Information Officer in July 1972. He transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979 and was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004. He had served in various policy bureaux and departments, including the former Finance Branch, the Home Affairs Department, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Government House, the former Industry Department, the former Trade Department, the Financial Secretary’s Office, the Judiciary and the Central Policy Unit. He became Commissioner for Labour in January 1999, the Director of Education in June 2000 and Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour in July 2002. He was Secretary for Labour and Welfare from July 2007 to January 2017.

Professor ZHANG Qi
School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University

Effects on precise poverty alleviation strategy in China and its development plan in future


Forty years of the reform and opening of the Mainland have made remarkable achievements in poverty alleviation. Especially since 2013, according to the national strategic goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020, the plan of ensuring “all populations in rural areas are lifted from poverty under current standards, poverished counties lose this label, and problems with regional poverty are essentially solved” is a new exploration for modern China in the practice of poverty alleviation. This study will investigate and analyze the development of China’s precise poverty alleviation and top design, objectively and comprehensively evaluate the results it has achieved and new problems, priorities and challenges faced, and project the future direction of China’s development and poverty alleviation.

Professor ZHANG Qi is a professor and the party secretary of the School of Economic and Resource Management at Beijing Normal University. Professor ZHANG has many years of research experience in agriculture land estate development, poverty alleviation and regional economic development. He has chaired about 80 poverty alleviation related research topics in the country and provinces, has published about 30 monographs and presented approximately 300 theses. Professor ZHANG is China’s well-known land policy and poverty alleviation research expert, and the Director of China Poverty Reduction Research Center at Beijing Normal University. The Center is China’s leading think tank in poverty alleviation policy research and is ranked seventh in the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ most influential think tank on precision poverty alleviation research.

Professor James, Cherng-Tay, HSUEH
Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University

Poverty in Taiwan: A profile in the new century


  1. To describe the poverty trend in Taiwan in the new century, including a) poverty rates (as below a half of median disposable income as OECD usually defined) of different family types and age groups, b) Social Assistance Act and Low Income Household and Population.
  2. To introduce anti-poverty measures in Taiwan during the global financial Crisis.

Professor Cherng-Tay HSUEH, James is a professor of the Department of Sociology at the National Taiwan University. Professor HSUEH completed his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, US. His research interests are in the area of social stratification, social demography, family, welfare policy and sociology of education. He has written and published a book on the changing population of Taiwan in 2016. He was the Director of the Center for Population and Gender Studies, and the Children and Family Research Center at the National Taiwan University.

Dr. Kin-sun CHAN
Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau

Poverty Alleviation Strategy for Elderly Population in Macau


Compared with Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Macau is a micro and open economy, so it is more difficult for Macau SAR Government to deliver poverty alleviation strategy.  Despite revenue contraction in the 26 consecutive months from 2014 – 2016, Macau SAR Government still pay attention to build up a sustainable public retirement benefit system, like the sustainability of Social Security Fund (Public Pension System of Macau, the 1st pillar pension system) and the introduction of voluntary saving pension system (the 2nd pillar pension system). The paper is to review the historical development of Social Security Fund and the present public retirement benefit system.  Nowadays, the meaning of poverty alleviation is not just sustainable living, but also development, social inclusion and precision.  In order to deliver “New” poverty alleviation strategy for elderly population, Macau SAR Government studies or implements various measures, like elderly employment, smart healthcare (i.e. electronic healthcare voucher scheme) and pension finance (i.e. reverse mortgage and annuity).  The paper is to use the results of two telephone surveys to explore the feasibility of delay retirement and pension finance, as well as, the development of smart healthcare in Macau.

CHAN, Kin-sun is Programme Coordinator of Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor of Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Macau, as well as, Chairman of Macau Social Security Society.  He is also Research Fellow of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, besides, Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Paul YIP
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Poverty in Hong Kong: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Paul YIP is the Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, and the chair professor in Population Health at the university’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, the University of Hong Kong. His interests include suicide prevention, population health, poverty research, demography and social policy, and program evaluation. He serves as the secretary general of the Asian Population Association and the research chair of the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong. He was a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit and a member of the Hong Kong government’s Steering Committee on Population Policy. He has published over 400 scientific papers in international journals.

Institute of Population and Labor Economics, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Dr. Zhang is a researcher with multidisciplinary background in urban planning, economics, and social work. He has received undergraduate training (BSc and BEcon) in Peking University and postgraduate training (PhD) in the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Zhang has a wide research interest in poverty alleviation, demographic transition, urban studies, and suicide prevention.


地點:香港大學百週年校園 賽馬會教學樓 11樓 社會科學院 會議廳 (地圖)
查詢:9790-4529 或黎小姐)
登記 (座位有限,請於7月1日或以前登記留座)



時間 內容 講者 下載
1500-1530 登記進場
1530-1545 香港如何面對貧富懸殊的挑戰 主禮嘉賓
1545-1610 中國精準扶貧方略實施成效及未來發展趨勢 張琦教授
1610-1635 貧窮在台灣:新世紀的概況 薛承泰教授
1635-1700 澳門老年人口之扶貧策略 陳建新博士
1700-1715 香港貧窮問題:挑戰與機遇 葉兆輝教授
1715-1745 研究座談 主持:張一博士

* 茶點招待將安排在下午3時開始


張建宗司長, 大紫荊勳賢, GBS, JP
香港特別行政區政府 政務司司長



北京師範大學 經濟與資源管理研究院





臺灣大學 社會學系










香港大學 社會工作及社會行政學系



葉教授在香港亦參與多項公共及社會服務,包括現任香港家庭計劃指導會榮譽顧問、The Asian Population Association秘書長等。並且曾任「防止學生自殺委員會」主席、香港特別行政區中央政策組非全職顧問,對香港人口發展提出策略性意見。葉教授有超過400篇的學術著作於國際期刊刊登。

中國社會科學院 人口與勞動經濟研究所



2016香港助人指數發布 暨「好心 地」手機應用程式啟動禮
2016 Hong Kong Altruism Index Release and Mobile Application “Helppiness” Launch Ceremony

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