In October 2013 The KWCF launched Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs® (WRVS), marking the beginning of a new three-year cycle for the check-up on community vitality. It was in this past year that we paused to reflect on the past six years of Vital Signs® in Waterloo Region. What began as a simple printed report has since morphed into so much more. WRVS today represents the way we do business as a community foundation.
A lot of time and consideration goes into understanding which Vital Signs® issues are in most need of attention. Although there will always be some level of need in each of the areas, to truly effect change, the community must focus its efforts. The report is a tool designed to help make informed decisions. There will always be more need than available resources, and Vital Signs® helps The KWCF be diligent and dutiful in the allocation of what resources are needed in order to maximize community impact.
Collectively, the available data, input and contextualizing from our Focus Groups as well as our Expert Review Panel tell us the Vital Signs® Priority Areas for 2013–2014 remain: Belonging & Leadership, Arts & Culture, Getting Started and Health & Wellness.
New for the report is the addition of data from the Community Wellbeing Survey. The KWCF partnered with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to roll out the survey to over 20,000 randomly selected households across Waterloo Region. The survey, designed to capture what it feels like to live and work in the Region, was highlighted in the 2013 report.
For more information on the Vital Signs project visit: www.wrvitalsigns.ca
You can check out the preliminary wellbeing survey findings in the report online at: www.wrvitalsigns.ca. Don’t forget to watch for the next installment of the Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs®, the Priority Report, a deep dive into the four priority areas being released in early October 2014.