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).
The SIW measures eight inter-connected domains that allow us to monitor changes in quality of life and wellbeing for our citizens, and provides community based organizations, all levels of government, businesses and citizens with the evidence required to inform policies, decisions and actions at the provincial, regional, and/or local level. The SIW provides data specific to Saskatchewan that is relevant and meaningful provincially.
Heritage Saskatchewan and the Community Initiatives Fund have partnered to develop the SIW based on a shared vision that all Saskatchewan citizens enjoy a high quality of life and wellbeing. We believe that 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.
Our goal for the SIW is to promote evidence-based decision-making that reflects the values and responds to the needs of Saskatchewan’s citizens that will result in the following:
- Communities are implementing holistic (multi-sectoral, inclusive) approaches to addressing complex community issues.
- Policy-makers and decision-makers make decisions based on solid, comprehensive evidence.
- Saskatchewan citizens are empowered to advocate for change that results in the highest possible quality of life for all.
The inaugural SIW report will be launched in fall 2018, with supplementary provincial information and community engagement opportunities to follow the release.