As a tool for understanding community, Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs continues to spark dialogue, create connections, and inspire action.
As a tool for understanding community, Waterloo Region's Vital Signs continues to spark dialogue, create connections, and inspire action.
The fourth edition, released in October, told a story of stagnant charitable giving, decreasing volunteerism, and a sagging sense of community belonging. It also told us that we've lost cultural workers, our youth unemployment rate has increased significantly, and we had a decrease in the number of long-term care beds for our elderly.
It is these issues and others like them that help to shape the work of The KWCF. In its four years of publication, Waterloo Region's Vital Signs has become a key component of planning - not just for us but also for governments and community services in Waterloo Region. Its reputation has been built on one solid foundation: reliable, region-wide data, with comparisons for Ontario and Canada.
With the lack of new data from Statistics Canada this year as well as changes to the long-form census, we feel that now is the time to take a step back, re-group, and evaluate before releasing our next report. We feel very strongly about producing a high-quality report so during 2011 we will be performing an in-depth evaluation on how the community is using the report, its importance, and how the report will continue in the future.
How are you using the report? Tell us! Keeping the discussions alive through presentations, forums, and stories in the media will be one of our top priorities. And, we will continue to use the 2010 Waterloo Region's Vital Signs report as a reference point for community leadership and granting. Stay tuned!
Learn about quality of life in Waterloo Region at www.wrvitalsigns.ca.