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Community Wellbeing Indicators: Measures for Local Governments
LGAQ launched the Community Wellbeing Indicators Project in March 2011 . The Project was aimed at supporting councils in developing ways to better :
- understand and measure local community wellbeing
- build a consistent statistics base
- improve community planning
- strengthen citizen involvement in planning
LGAQ undertook a community wellbeing indicator pilot survey in 2011 to trial a limited set of wellbeing indicators based on community perceptions, and to demonstrate the value of such an approach to local government.
The five pilot councils were Sunshine Coast, Gladstone, Isaac and Longreach , where a telephone survey was conducted, plus Wujal Wujal, an indigenous community where a small group of community members responded to the questionnaire in a forum group. Attachment D provides the research report from th e pilot survey.
This current research project, jointly sponsored by LGAQ and ACELG, builds on national work undertaken in developing community wellbeing indicators and contributes to the enhanced capacity of Queensland councils to plan for, measure and report on the wellbeing of their communities.
In particular, this research aims to further develop the community wellbeing indicators survey approach used in the pilot project to provide a resource for councils to measure, analyse and assess the level of community wellbeing in a local government area.