Vital Signs® is a regular 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. Vital Signs® reports promote awareness of community issues and can help generate discussion, drive policy change and focus community leadership activities in the Comox Valley.
Comox Valley’s Vital Signs® 2016
We are pleased to share with you our first Comox Valley Vital Signs report and detailed background documents. This report was developed in partnership with the United Way of Central and North Vancouver Island and the Comox Valley Social Planning Society. Thank you to everyone who made this report possible, including local agencies, key experts, residents, and sponsors. Please download this document, and share it with others. If you would like a copy of our report, or would like to schedule a report presentation for your organization, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The power of this report is in its accessibility. We used professional research experts for the statistical analysis. The final report is written in a way that makes it interesting, understandable, engaging, and above all, actionable for everyone living in our community.
In addition, a key dimension of Vital Signs is to compare and contrast the quantitative information with the perceptions and preferences of local residents. These perceptions and preferences were elicited from residents through a survey. Full survey results and a detailed data source report are available in the links below.
Vital Signs Sponsors
This report was made possible by the financial and in-kind contributions from the following agencies.
Comox Valley Community Foundation
The Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) works with donors to support the causes important to them through gifts now and/or in their wills. Endowment funds are permanently invested for long-term growth. Over the past 20 years, CVCF assets have grown to over $11 million. The CVCF has granted more than $1.75 million to charities and in scholarships.
United Way, Central and North Vancouver Island
United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island is pleased to be a partner of the Comox Valley Vital Signs. Ou
r mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action in our local Vancouver Island communities. United Way builds a strong network of social services and programs for our communities’ most vulnerable people. Information gathered through Vital Signs on a wide variety of local issues will help us better identify, create and fund solutions that make true and lasting change.
Comox Valley Social Planning Council Society
Also founded in 1996, the Comox Valley Social Planning Society (CVSPS) is a collaborative group formed to address social issues, and to support community initiatives that improve quality of life in the Comox Valley. Over the years, we have published Quality of Life reports in 2002, 2004, 2009 and most recently 2014.
- More than 65 communities in Canada and around the world are using Vital Signs® to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.
- Nationally, Community Foundations of Canada produces an annual national report on key issues impacting Canadians. For example, the theme of 2015 national report was Belonging: Exploring Connection to Community.
- Vital Signs® is creating new connections across a wide range of community groups and giving new profile to existing research.
- Organizations are using the data to successfully obtain external grants to finance their programs.
- 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.
How will the Vital Signs® report be used?
Experience in other communities has shown that the Vital Signs® report is an important discussion piece for the community and provides much needed clarity around the current, potential, and perceived issues facing our citizens. It invariably becomes a key tool for many different groups working for the betterment of our community. And at the CVCF, we will use Comox Valley’s Vital Signs® to help us connect the dots between caring community members and local causes that matter, informing both our community leadership and our granting processes at the Foundation.
The Vital Signs trademark is used with permission from Community Foundations of Canada. Photograph courtesy of Ernst Vegt.