Measuring wellbeing

Coordinated Measurement Approach

It was important to the community to develop a coordinated measuring and monitoring approach to measure community wellbeing in Waterloo Region. in order to do this a Measurement and Monitoring working group was established to:

  • Create a commonly agreed upon set of indicators of community wellbeing that provide regular reports on the state of community wellbeing in Waterloo Region.
  • Understand the status of wellbeing in Waterloo Region at the system level
  • Understand the impact of our efforts and actions identified in the wellbeing plan
  • Tell us over time whether community wellbeing is improving.

The Measurement and Monitoring working group was established to advance this work and have identified the Canadian Index of Wellbeing as the overall framework for measuring wellbeing in Waterloo Region.  Throughout the past several months the working group has identified many indicators to measure the complexity of wellbeing under each of the eight domains of the CIW based on advice from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW).

Some of these indicators will be used in a report being developed by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing.  This report will provide an overall status of wellbeing and is scheduled to be published in December 2017.

There are also many indicators that will not be used by the Wellbeing Profile but have been identified by the Measurement and Monitoring working group as potential data sets to use for program and service level planning.

In the Profile of Wellbeing we provide a portrait of population wellbeing in Waterloo Region using the most recent data available on selected indicators for each of the domains of wellbeing.  The report also describes how wellbeing varies compared to Ontario and Canada. The comparison of indicators is one important piece of information that helps us to understand how residents are doing and where we might choose to direct greater efforts in planning and programming. Read the Wellbeing report here.