CIW 2013 achievements and a sneak peak at what’s to come next year

Jay Owen Beyond GDP

Dear CIW International Advisory Network,


At this time of year, we thought we’d reflect on a few of the many CIW 2013 achievements and give you a sneak peak at what’s to come next year:


·        Growing our data repository at uWaterloo:

o   Community Wellbeing Surveys were conducted in Kingston and Waterloo Region

o   Disaggregation of national indicator data to the provincial level (ongoing) – release in 2014

o   Updating the national indicator data (ongoing) – next release 2015


·        Advancing partnerships with organizations that leverage the CIW’s bench strength in Research, taking our Knowledge/Evidence to Action/Impact:

o   Community Foundations of Canada, enhancing their Vital Signs program by collaborating with Kingston and Waterloo Region groups through their new Community Wellbeing Survey data

o   Association of Ontario Health Centres creating a wellbeing strategy for their sector, integrating the CIW framework into how they work, and integrating parts of our Community Wellbeing Survey into their Intake Questionnaire

o   Ontario Trillium Foundation executive deciding to use the CIW framework internally, as well as to promote and sometimes fund Ontario organizations using the CIW provincial indicators and Community Wellbeing Survey data


·        Staying in the spotlight on the world stage:

o   Receiving an international Impact Award from the Community Indicators Consortium (CIC). Recognizing the power of CIW indicators to drive positive community change in the City of Guelph.

o   CIW participation in the unesco Hangzhou International Congress on Culture: Key to Sustainable Development, Panel on Defining Poverty and Measuring Progress: where does culture stand?, Hangzhou, china (Katherine Scott)

o   Recognition from the Australian National Development Index (ANDI) at their project launch for the CIW role in its development. It’s new home at Deakin University opens opportunities for a CIW research partnership.

o   CIW participation in the OECD Workshop Subjective Well-being – Measurement and Policy Use, New York (Margo Hilbrecht)


·        Increased federal government awareness building:

o   Two presentations to our uWaterloo federal rep, the Secretary of the Treasury Board and other agencies

o   Two presentations to Statscan: consultation for the General Social Survey on Time Use, focused on revising the Time Use Diary (Margo Hilbrecht);  presentation and discussion with DG/Assistant Chief Statistician level about data gaps and support for the CIW (Bryan Smale)


·        Looking ahead to 2014:

    • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is providing both in kind and financial support to boost the CIWs capacity to get the provincial release out at the end of April (TBD)
    • Community Wellbeing Surveys in Victoria and Fort McMurray in the spring
    • Phase 2 of the AOHC initiative to create a wellbeing strategy for the Community Health Centre sector, based on the CIW framework and intake survey
    • Opportunities for collaborations with researchers worldwide to dig deeper into the interconnections of domains
    • A new CIW Fund Development Committee will strategize and approach new members for our Funders’ Alliance as well as other sponsorship opportunities.


We are grateful for your ongoing support. Best wishes for a holiday season and new year filled with wellbeing, in all of its dimensions.


The CIW Staff Team

Bryan, Margo, Linda






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