Rural Community Wellbeing
Helping Rural Stakeholders Identify Trends and Conditions Impacting their Communities.
There are many systems for assessing quality of life and wellbeing. However, many of these systems were designed for urban areas, or rely on labour-intensive data collection and analysis. Rural communities require easy access to reliable information that is relevant to the rural context.
ROI is engaging with rural communities to create a wellbeing dashboard to display indicators selected from a new national standard (CSA R113-22). The goal is for rural communities to use the dashboard to assess and interpret their wellbeing. When complete, the wellbeing dashboard will enable communities to translate data into understanding and transform understanding into action.
Phase 1 of this project was completed in March 2023. ROI worked with four rural communities to create a pilot wellbeing dashboard. Early dashboard design was informed through feedback from four rural community partners.
Phase 2 will commence in June 2023 and is focused on improving the pilot dashboard, expanding indicator selection, identifying data sources, and engaging with communities to mobilize knowledge. ROI is seeking rural Data Champions, partners, and organizations who wish to participate in Phase 2 of this project.
Thank You to our Partners/Supporters
We are delighted to be working with existing and new partners during Phase 2 of the project, including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and York University.
Rural Ontario Institute