Be Well Survey
One of the ways that members of the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) are getting involved with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is by incorporating the Be Well survey into their work.
The Be Well survey was developed to provide AOHC members with new information about the health and wellbeing of the people and communities they serve.
The survey data provides a baseline, which can be used for evidence-based planning, that can help to improve health and wellbeing and demonstrate the impact of health promotion and community development work. The Be Well data can also be used for advocating for healthy public policies that improve access to the determinants of health and mitigate the impacts of poverty and other barriers to health such as mental health, social isolation and discrimination.
To ensure the results capture the complex interplay of factors affecting health and wellbeing, the survey covers all eight domains of the CIW with a particular focus on community vitality and its components such as belonging, social connection, and inclusion. It also includes questions that are comparable with provincial and national CIW measures that show trends over time.
The survey was developed in partnership with the CIW and with input from over 80 health promoters and community developers and 10 early adopter Community Health Centres. The survey was piloted and tested in 2013, and adapted and updated in 2014 based on feedback from the initial experience. The survey was then rolled out in two phases.
Phase I: 20 member organizations used the Be Well Survey at 24 member sites across Ontario collecting over 2300 surveys.
Phase II: Up to 30 member organizations are using the Be Well survey in Phase II. Specialized survey tools geared towards indigenous and rural communities are developed.
Be Well Survey – Phase II Core Version (SAMPLE)
Be Well Survey – Phase II Extended Version (SAMPLE)