2018 Impact Summit has ended
Event scheduler -
To register, go to the Event Registration Page.
Conference participants, please create a profile to build your schedule and communicate with fellow attendees.
Back To Schedule
Tuesday, September 18 • 11:10am - 12:00pm
A Community-Based Case Study Using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Tools and Tips for Community Development

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Understanding community dynamics is challenging because communities are complex systems that are increasingly interconnected and constantly changing. Municipal leaders strive to offer a high quality of life for all of its residents, but they are challenged by the wide range of factors and conditions – both community-wide and individual – that influence wellbeing. In addition, increasing demands for accountability and transparency make it difficult to justify decisions without data to back them up. Consequently, in order to understand resident needs at this time of rapid growth and change, communities increasingly need valid and reliable data to inform their decisions.

This presentation tells the story of a rural community in northern Canada that conducted a Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) Community Wellbeing Survey in 2014. The evidence gathered from residents about the community and their wellbeing challenged existing assumptions and changed conversations about what pathways would lead to greater community quality of life. The data made it possible for stakeholders from different sectors to work together to address emerging issues and to develop innovative solutions to improve quality of life outcomes for residents. The presentation also provides examples from the case study of public engagement activities, communication materials, policy briefs, and other tips and tools that can help community developers move this work forward in their own communities.

avatar for Nancy Mattes

Nancy Mattes

CIW Community Development Lead, University of Waterloo
In my role with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo, I work with Canadian communities to help them achieve their shared goals to improve the quality of life for residents.  I am the past chair of the Look into Wood Buffalo Community Wellbeing Survey Committee... Read More →

Bryan Smale

Professor and Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm CDT
Memorial Hall
  DATA TO ACTION, Community & Economic Developement
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)