VITAL SIGNS

The Saskatoon Community Foundation will present its first ever Vital Signs report on October 6, 2015.

Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends in areas critical to quality of life.

The annual Vital Signs reports promote awareness of community issues and are used by communities for social planning, by citizens and philanthropists to identify community needs and strengths, and by community foundations to inform their grantmaking and leadership activities.

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Objectives

  • Track and analyze significant quality of life issues (like health, the environment, education, gap between rich and poor) locally and nationally
  • Produce reader-friendly data on community needs and strengths
  • Use that data to generate discussion, inform policy change, focus community leadership activities and encourage philanthropy

Impact

  • Vital Signs began in Toronto in 2001. Today more than 20 Canadian communities, large and small, are participating and more are joining every year
  • Vital Signs is creating new connections between a wide range of community groups and giving new profile to existing research
  • Communities are using Vital Signs to generate discussion about priorities and tackle quality of life issues like housing, youth safety and environmental quality
  • The report’s reader-friendly data introduces citizens from all walks of life to the successes and challenges within their own communities and encourages them to take action
  • The program is a Canadian success story with Brazil launching a similar program with CFC’s assistance in 2008 and other countries around the world, such as Australia, eager to use this powerful tool to mobilize their own communities