How It Works

The Community Indicators Project, powered by United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, is rich with information, charts, and analysis. Spending a few minutes reviewing this section may aid your work and help make the Community Indicators Project website a more satisfying experience.

This section is provided to help you make the most of The Community Indicators Project website. There are three topics below:

1. A Guide to Organization of the Site

2. About the data

3. A Glossary of Terms


  1. A Guide to Organization of the Site.

Most of the information on this site can be accessed from one of two locations: the topic categories listed in the Dashboard, which link to the individual data reports, at the top-right corner of the site. Also, the menu links across the top of the page, which contain overview information relating to The Community Indicators Project and special sections highlighting key information. These include:

Menu Item Content
The Project Information on the goals of The Community Indicators Project and the organizations that participated in developing the project.
How It Works The section you are in now, which aids in using the site.
Feedback The Community Indicators Project's feedback form.
Dashboard Reports and indicator data organized into five overarching categories of community information.


The Community Indicators Project tracks indicators that fall into five category groups, which are arranged alphabetically across the middle of the Dashboard page in a scrolling carousel. Click on any category to go to it’s main page and see a list of all the indicator collections related to that category.

When you select a category report collection, you will discover an overview of the indicator and a list of all of the available reports from the data. Each individual report explores the method of measurement, the importance of the indicator and how Hastings and Prince Edward is doing compared to Ontario as a whole.


Navigating the Site

Here are several additional tips for navigating The Community Indicators Project website:

Goal Instructions
To return to the home page... From any page on the site, you can return to the home page by clicking on The Community Indicators Project logo in the upper left (or lower left) corner of the page.
To get to a category main page... Go through the Dashboard button in the upper right corner of the page to select categories or select one of our Key Data Collections from the home page.



  1. About the Data.

Accurate, timely and independent data is central to The Community Indicators Project program and website. The following is a description of the data used, how it is presented, how it was developed, and how it will be updated:

What is being measured?

The Community Indicators Project uses indicators that measure economic, social, or cultural conditions, over varying periods of time. The indicators were selected to provide an accurate assessment of our region's wellbeing in five categories.

How are the indicators expressed?

The indicators are usually expressed as a rate, percent, or range, such as the infant mortality rate, the unemployment rate, or the population distribution. The raw numbers used in the analysis of the data are usually displayed in tables within each report, you can see these by hovering over a data point. When in doubt, keep clicking through the interactive tables to see what additional data may be available for each indicator.

What are the sources of data?

The data is drawn from highly reliable sources, usually government or private sources with extensive experience in data measurement and reporting.

Is this the most recent data?

Yes. Some sources update data more frequently than others, but in all instances the most updated information from authoritative sources is used.

Will the data be updated?

Yes. A systematic update will be made to incorporate any new information that is available on an annual basis depending on data availability.

Where do I find the indicators?

On The Community Indicators Project Dashboard page, there are topic group headings that relate to the five program areas used in The Community Indicators Project.

See "A Guide to The Community Indicators Project Website" (above) for instructions on how to locate indicators and related information.

Who selected the indicators?

The Community Indicators Project conducted extensive research to determine which indicators most appropriately reflected community well-being; had solid, credible sources; had a data history that would be useful in understanding trends; and would be able to be updated in the future. The task force brought on many community partners for this project, local agencies and organizations that provide front line supports within the social services sectors of our community, to research and vet the local data.


  1. A Glossary of Terms:
Term Definition/How used in The Community Indicators Project website.
Indicator An indicator is a measure that helps to describe an economic, environmental, social, or cultural condition over time. An indicator is usually expressed as a rate, or percent, or range such as the infant mortality rate, the unemployment rate, or the population distribution. The Community Indicators Project uses indicators throughout this website. For each of the five categories, the indicators can be accessed from the Dashboard in each categories report collection and then selecting the individual indicator report that you want to view. Each indicator has a 'What does this measure" description and a “Why is this important” discussion to better understand the relevance of the data.
Inflation Adjusted This refers to an actual value that is adjusted to account for inflation. The changes in a series of actual values over time reflect several factors, including inflation. However, if the series is inflation adjusted, the changes then reflect only the other factors.
Median The median refers to the mid-point of a set of values.
Percent The portion of the whole represented by any given value. The whole is 100 percent, and the percent of any given value is its relationship to 100 percent.
Percentage The same meaning as percent.
Per capita Per person (literally, "per head"). This measure is particularly useful in comparing activity among units of differing sizes.
Rate The relationship between two values. For example, when driving, the rate of speed is measured by the distance traveled (kilometers) in a certain amount of time (hours). Hence, the rate of speed is expressed as kilometers per hour.
Region Hastings County is the second largest county in Ontario, stretching almost 160 kilometers from the Bay of Quinte to Algonquin Park. Hastings County has a mix of rural and urban living conditions within its 14 member municipalities. Prince Edward County is an island located just south of Hastings County. Its coastline on Lake Ontario’s northeastern shore is known for Sandbanks Provincial Park. Officially the area is the smallest single-tier municipality in Ontario, consisting of the merged governments of the original county and 10 former towns, villages and townships.