What is the Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing?
The Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing (SIW) is a resource that expands our understanding of how well our communities and citizens are faring beyond the economic measures of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Find information on the eight domains that make up the SIW here.
Where did this idea come from?
The SIW is based on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), an initiative that reports on wellbeing at the national level. Heritage Saskatchewan and the Community Initiatives Fund, provincial organizations with a mandate to improve quality of life and wellbeing for the citizens of Saskatchewan, have partnered to create an Index that reflects wellbeing at a provincial level.
How does this compare to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?
The GDP is a well-known, commonly used measure of economic productivity. The CIW and SIW measure additional indicators that when combined with the GDP will provide a more complete picture of quality of life in all of its many dimensions.
How is wellbeing defined by SIW?
Wellbeing is achieved when people are physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy; economically secure; have a strong sense of identity, belonging and place; and have the confidence and capacity to engage as citizens.
What results do the partners hope to achieve through the SIW?
The desired outcomes for the SIW are that:
Why is the SIW important to me, my organization, and my community?
The SIW will ensure everyone has access to reliable, research-based evidence specific to Saskatchewan. This data, combined with the GDP and other data your organization or community may already be collecting, can inform decision making at a local, regional or provincial level. Given the inter-related nature of the eight domain areas and their indicators, it will also encourage multi-sectoral planning and implementation of initiatives.
What are some examples of how the SIW can be used?
A few examples of how the SIW might be used include:
Examples from other Canadian regions include the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The AOHC have promoted the use of the CIW in their “Shift the Conversation” project which looks at broad factors of health, the need to look at upstream interventions, and the need to encourage meaningful engagement from community members. The Ontario Trillium Foundation have utilized the CIW by basing their six funding action areas on 12 of the CIW’s measurement indicators.
How were the domains and indicators selected? Are SIW indicators different from the CIW indicators?
The domains and their respective indicators were selected during the CIW development process. The criteria and process used by the CIW to identify the domains and indicators is further explained here. The SIW will use the same domains and indicators as the CIW to maintain the integrity of the index framework and to enable comparisons nationally and with other provinces. To ensure relevance at a provincial level, supplemental information specific to Saskatchewan will be included with the report.