The Project

The Project

The Community Indicators Project, powered by United Way Hastings & Prince Edward, aims to affect community problem-solving and decision making through the use of credible, independent and timely data.

Purpose

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward understands that credible data creates an effective basis for all decision making. It provides the necessary insight into specific topics to identify problematic areas that could use improvement and provides opportunities to celebrate successes.

The Community Indicators Project program was developed following an extensive community engagement and professional research process. This process was originally overseen by a joint task force of United Way Hastings & Prince Edward and the Children and Youth Services Network. The task force researched other communities and vetted a wide-range of alternatives before settling on the design of The Community Indicators Project.

The purpose of the Community Indicators Project is to bring specific community challenges and needs to the forefront using reliable local data. Providing a provincial comparator creates a benchmark to measure the progression or recession of the community’s health over time. This, in turn, creates long-term trends which allow for the projection of future local outcomes. The prediction of poor future outcomes then stimulates local policy change and action. This improves the overall condition of the community.