Peg releases annual well-being report; Winnipeg improving in many key areas.

Peg releases Our City: A Peg report on Winnipeg's well being.

Today Peg released its first annual Winnipeg well-being report, Our City: A Peg report on Winnipeg’s well-being (PDF).

It outlines how we’re doing on 16 key indicators, and the good news is Winnipeg is improving on the majority.

Peg Winnipeg Well-Being Overview

Winnipeggers have been making many improvements, from increased high school graduation rates and more disposable income to environmental successes like using less water, recycling more and more rides on the bus.

Areas where Winnipeg is declining include rate of children in care, the condition of our dwellings, lower voter turnout, less volunteerism and escalating diabetes.

There’s been no change in readiness to learn—the skills children need upon entering kindergarten that go a long way towards future success. Up to 40% of Winnipeg children are entering school not ready to be thereImproving readiness to learn is one of the goals of our involvement in the Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund.

While caring about our city is important, caring alone is not enough to make change. It’s also important to measure and report on how we are doing.

Measuring and reporting on economic, social and environmental issues can help us rally and work together toward an even stronger Winnipeg. Measurement encourages us to ask questions, to seek innovation, to drive results, and to celebrate progress.

Eagle’s Eye View 2nd Edition: an environmental scan of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal population.

Eagle's Eye View, 2nd Edition.

A comprehensive environmental scan of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal population, this report features new information gathered since Eagle’s Eye View was first published by United Way of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Relations Council in 2004.

“There continues to be interest, demand and use for up-to-date and relevant information on the Aboriginal community in Winnipeg,” said Dr. Judy Bartlett, a respected Metis researcher, health administrator and family doctor, who provided intellectual oversight for the report. “The second edition developed from the need to capture new information and build on our original objective: to enhance knowledge, understanding, trust and relationships within and between the Aboriginal community, United Way and the broader population in Winnipeg.”

By shining a light on the successes, challenges and opportunities for First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in our city, Eagle’s Eye View Second Edition intends to help inform and influence policy in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Neither a study nor a commentary, the scan is presented without analysis and includes information from a number of existing sources.

Report shares Winnipeggers’ perspectives on poverty.

Recognizing that poverty in Winnipeg remains a serious issue and concern for residents, United Way released a new report today that intends to inspire further discussion about the impact poverty has in all our lives and ways Winnipeggers can address the issue individually and together as a community.

Poverty in Sight contains a wide range of definitions, thoughts and experiences related to poverty from more than 2800 Winnipeggers who participated in United Way’s most recent Urban Exchange survey – Poverty: Insight and Ideas – over five weeks this past spring.

“We wanted to find out what Winnipeggers believe causes poverty, where it exists and who it affects,” said Regina Ramos-Urbano, Chair of the Urban Exchange working group at United Way.

“The responses were varied and it’s interesting to see how different people perceive this complex issue,” said Ramos-Urbano. “One thing is clear: poverty is an issue felt around the city – one that transcends neighbourhood, gender, age, income, education and culture.”

The report will be sent to all Urban Exchange panellists, agency partners, leaders and decision makers in government, business and non-profit sectors. To access a copy of the report, call United Way at (204) 477-5360.

United Way would like to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas for helping make Winnipeg a better city for everyone.

Report: 2008 Winnipeg Environmental Scan.

2008 Winnipeg Environmental Scan

United Way of Winnipeg recognizes that many realities will affect the contribution that our strategies make towards the ultimate goal – all Winnipeggers having access to the basic requirements for a good life.

Some of these realities exist in our environment (the economic, political, social, cultural, demographic and philanthropic realities) while other realities exist within each of us (our interests, attitudes, values, needs, and capacities).

This environmental scan, completed in December 2008, looks at some of these realities to provide our volunteers, staff, partners and all interested Winnipeggers with a current and comprehensive body of relevant information.

Download the Full Report       Download the Abridged Report

We will use this information to foster reflection, inform our planning and enhance evidence-based decision-making as we strive to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all Winnipeggers. Additionally, realizing that United Way cannot do this alone, we will use the scan as a common starting point for working with others and stimulating collective action that will create long-term solutions and long-lasting and sustainable change.

The downloads are available free of charge. Please note that printed versions are available from United Way at a cost of $10 each (to cover the costs of printing, administration and postage). To order a printed copy, please contact United Way at 477-5360.