Quality of Life Community Survey #3 - 2022


Project Description

The Quality of Life project began in the fall of 2011 seeking a means to increase understanding of communities within the Newell Region. The intent of the research was to determine a Quality of Life model or matrix that could be applied to the Newell Region. The analysis of the Quality of Life Survey provides information on the Social Sector, Business Sector and Public Sector in the Newell Region After conducting a literature review of existing academic research, it was discovered that other Quality of Life Survey models would not provide the detailed level of analysis required when using a multi-sector (Business; Public; Social) approach to measuring the quality of life within this blended urban and rural region. Thus, Grasslands Regional FCSS created a new quality of life survey with the capacity to collect information useful to a broad variety of key stakeholders. The Grasslands Regional FCSS Quality of Life Survey #1 was administered throughout the Newell Region in 2013. Survey design, data collection and analysis establishes clear linkages between the business, public and social sectors.

The Quality of Life Survey #2 was re-administered in the spring and summer of 2017 and collected useful comparative data and new information and statistics for the region. The City of Brooks Full Report #2, Newell Region Full Report #2 and municipal snapshots are all available as downloadable documents on www.grasslandsregionalfcss.com

The Quality of Life Survey #3 is being mailed to each household in the City of Brooks and throughout the Newell Region. Deadline for return of the printed surveys is February 28, 2022. The survey will also be available online from January 6 to March 31, 2022 at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022qualityoflifesurvey3

Useful to: All levels of government, institutions, non-profit organizations and most importantly to the residents in our communities. Results can help inform future planning, supply data for grants, be used to showcase communities, help with FCSS decision making, and inform actions regarding services and programs in Newell Region communities. The results can also point to the need for further and more in-depth exploration of areas of concern or assets in communities

General Notes

The analysis of the Quality of Life Survey provides information on the Social Sector, Business Sector and Public Sector. None of the areas in which survey residents were not satisfied can easily be resolved by one level of government or one community agency. A multi-sector approach could be helpful when working with the community to identify and resolve outstanding issues that lead to dissatisfaction. There is a role for all sectors to continue building services and programs in the areas that are working well and to examine potential community solutions in areas of concern identified by residents.

Quality of Life Gap Analysis
To complete the Gap Analysis, nine Importance Factors were first identified and then ranked by residents within the three sectors: (1) Health; (2) Education; (3) Personal Well-Being; (4) Physical Environment; (5) Economy and Employment; (6) Sense of Community; (7) Political Rights and General Values; (8) Social Programs and Conditions; and (9) Government. The Rank of Importance was compared to the Rank of Satisfaction within these nine categories to form the basis of the Gap Analysis.

Quality of Place Variable Analysis
Quality of Place may be defined as “the physical characteristics of a community – the way it is planned, designed, developed and maintained – that affect the quality of life of people living and working in it, and those visiting it, both now and into the future”2 . Quality of Place data was collected to further determine the Satisfaction levels within the community using the following World Class Places Quality of Place variables: (i) Building Maintenance; (ii) Retail and Shopping; (iii) Accessible Public Services; (iv) Sports and Leisure Facilities; (v) Green Spaces; (vi) Heritage Structures; (vii) Maintained Streets; (viii) Neighborhood Design; (ix) Transport Routes; and (x) Accessible Arts and Culture.

Individual and Household Health Conditions
Respondents asked if they had one or more Personal or Household Health Condition and/or a Household Social Condition which negatively impacted them.

Overall Satisfaction with Community
Respondents asked the question “Overall, how satisfied are you with your community?”.

Impact of COVID-19 (this question was added for 2022)
Respondents asked about the impact of Covid-19 in a number of health and social conditions.

Quality of Life #2 Results Released Fall of 2018

Quality of Life #2 Full Reports: Newell Region Report and City of Brooks Report

Quality of Life #2 Community Snapshots/Community Profiles:

  • City of Brooks
  • County of Newell
  • Newell Region
  • Town of Bassano
  • Village of Duchess
  • Village of Rosemary

2018 Quality of Life #2 results are available as downloadable files at www.grasslandsregionalfcss.com

Quality of Life #3 Administered in 2022

Quality of Life Survey #3 will be administered January 6 to March 31, 2022 and will replicate the prior surveys. It will also include one question relevant to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • One printed copy will be mailed to each household in the region.
  • Printed copies also available at municipal offices and drop-off locations.
  • Names will be drawn for draw prizes on April 30, 3033.