Peg gets an award for its compelling, interconnected picture of Winnipeg.

Peg, the community indicators system United Way and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) codesigned, received the Community Indicators Consortium Impact Award on September 30th, 2014.

Heather Block at the CIC Conference.

Heather Block at the CIC Conference. Photo by @CommunityIC on Twitter.

This award is presented to indicator projects that best demonstrate the power of indicators to drive positive community change. Measuring everything from vaccination rates to average home prices, Peg seeks to keep track of progress in Winnipeg.

Heather Block, Director, Strategic Initiatives at the United Way of Winnipeg and Charles Thrift, project manager with the Knowledge for Integrated Decisions Program at IISD, were proud to accept the award at the Community Indicators Consortium‘s Impact Summit in Washington, D.C.

Heather and Charles with the Impact Award.

Peg helps paint a bigger picture, showing how different indicators of community health are interconnected with and affect each other.

Peg Indicators CIC Award“Peg has done a great job of incorporating best practices from the field of community indicators, and adding their own innovations” says Craig Helmstetter, a CIC board member and chair of the 2014 awards committee. “Not only does Peg do a solid job of tracking important trends, it also provides a great platform for helping people understand those trends and use that information to improve their community. Peg appears poised to contribute to Winnipeg’s relatively high quality of life for years to come.”

The Consortium also singled out Peg for it’s engaging visual presentation—brightly coloured and accessible, the system draws people in so they want to learn more.

Another aspect of Peg the Consortium admired was the way it aligns with many other systems in Winnipeg, such as the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC), the Province’s All Aboard poverty reduction strategy, and the WRHA.

Measuring complementary data assists everyone who wants to make a difference in our city, and demonstrates the level of communication necessary to make it happen. Peg is relevant and credible in its incorporation of the measurement needs of other agencies working in Winnipeg.

An example of this sharing lies in the data surrounding homelessness. The WPRC’s Plan to End Homelessness (PDF) calls for measuring Winnipeg’s homeless population in order to show if the situation is improving. Peg will also house this data, available to the public.

Community Indicators are like a piece of infrastructure for our city. Thanks to Peg’s strong working relationship with Manitoba Education, we are working with teachers to get Peg used in the classroom as a way of getting students engaged in their community. Curriculum resources were developed for the “Global Issues” high school course.

From the perspective of moving the needle on Winnipeg’s most challenging social issues, United Way sees Peg as an ever-improving tool that demonstrates the impact of our work, and indeed highlights where there is still work to do.

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