The Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) in partnership with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo, UNICEF Canada, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) partnered to develop the prototype of a new child and youth well-being survey. Aligned with the Canadian Index of Well-being (developed by UNICEF Canada), the “Youth Impact Survey” measures and monitors the well-being of children and youth.
In July of 2020, the survey was open and piloted for young people, aged 9-18 in Waterloo Region to respond to questions across nine focus areas of well-being and to provide feedback on the survey tool itself. About 300 youth in Waterloo Region took the survey and we are pleased to announce that we are sharing more preliminary data. This is the third and final release of the Data Briefs, which shares data across all 9 focus areas including:
Mental, emotional and physical health
The freedom to play
Connection to the environment
Being happy and respected
Considering the fact that the data was collected at a unique time in history, in the middle of a global pandemic, we have a unique data set that talks about how youth are doing across several different areas of their lives. It is the hope that this information is helpful to those working and supporting children and youth in our community. The data can help inform the current state of well-being, and can be used in conjunction with additional data and/or as a conversation starter with young people to better understand their specific state of well-being. This release is the next step in sharing information from the Youth Impact Survey, and we look forward to sharing disaggregated data, and looking at the potential of another survey release to a larger group of respondents.
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