A community collaborative to improve the wellbeing of residents in Waterloo Region

Wellbeing Waterloo Region

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Wellbeing Waterloo Region is a community-led initiative working together across sectors to improve the wellbeing of residents. Community wellbeing is shaped by a wide variety of conditions and systems, through which individuals and communities are born, grow, work, live and play.

Waterloo Region is a community with a number of partnerships that have made significant progress toward dealing with complex issues of community wellbeing. Over the past several years, many community conversations have identified some urgency to collaborate across partnerships to advance a more integrated, holistic approach to community wellbeing, leading to significant and impactful solutions.

Collective impact has been used as the approach to develop Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s model. Collective impact provides a structured approach to work on complex issues, achieving significant and lasting social change through the collective and coordinated effort of multiple sectors coming together with a common agenda, shared measurement, and alignment of effort. The approach is premised on the belief that no single policy, government department, organization or program alone can tackle the increasingly complex social problems we face as a society.

To learn more about Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s history, how the initiative came into being, and next steps, please visit our Background page.

Coordinated Measurement Approach

A Measurement and Monitoring working group was established by the Wellbeing Waterloo Region community, and the group identified the Canadian Index of Wellbeing as the overall framework for measuring wellbeing in Waterloo Region. For details on the initiative’s coordinated measurement approach, visit our Measuring Wellbeing page.

A number of events have taken place as the community has coordinated, collected data towards establishing priorities, and consolidated its structure. Visit the Documents Archive to view documents and reports detailing these events.

The Wellbeing Waterloo Region Survey

The Wellbeing Waterloo Region Survey was conducted to help define priorities and inform the strategic planning efforts of the survey partners. The raw data was congregated in late fall, 2018. A public report will be published on this website as it is made available.