Curious About the Survey?

WHY DO THIS?

Traditionally, we look to economic statistics to measure how we’re doing as a province. Those data aren’t wrong – they’re just incomplete. We need new ways of measuring and improving the things that make us happy, healthy, and fulfilled. When we asked Nova Scotians how they think we should measure success (on a scale of 1 to 10), 68% said “by growing the economy,” and 81% said “by improving our quality of life.”

WHAT DO WE KNOW NOW ABOUT QUALITY IN LIFE OUR PROVINCE?

The work of GPI Atlantic between 2000 and 2009 gave us many insights. More recently, Engage Nova Scotia’s 2018 Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index gave us an understanding of how we have performed as a province over the past 20 years compared to Canada as a whole. The 2019 Quality of Life Survey will give us the most in-depth picture of how Nova Scotians assess their quality of life that has ever been gathered.

Recent research led by Professor John Helliwell tells us that Nova Scotians are more satisfied with their lives than the Canadian average. The Quality of Life Survey will enable us to dig deeper into what’s underneath that overall finding. Who’s doing well and who isn’t? What are the variables that affect life satisfaction? We think these are important questions worth asking.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS SURVEY?

  • The survey explores topics that often get forgotten when we consider what makes us happy, healthy, and fulfilled like loneliness, discrimination, healthy work conditions, how we spend our time, and overall life satisfaction. 

  • The survey will help to shine a light on the challenges and opportunities of those who identify as being part of a marginalized or underrepresented group because of the high sample size.

  • Individual reports will be created for ten unique regions of the province. Our intention is that these reports will act as the foundation for collective community planning and action for years to come.

WILL THIS WORK LEAD TO CHANGE?

We’re all familiar with reports that “collect dust” – this project is designed to avoid that. With the support of NSCC Campus Principals, we have local teams mobilized to drive participation, analyse results, and create action in ten unique regions of the province. In addition, we have organizations province-wide with different interests – including environmental, economic, social, and cultural – who are working together to do the same thing.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

There will be opportunity to get involved in the action phase of this initiative at both a local and provincial level. Learn more on the Take Action page.

WHY CAN’T EVERYONE FILL OUT THE SURVEY?

The survey is being sent to one in five households in Nova Scotia on a randomized basis to ensure responses are received from as thorough of a mix of ages, genders, and locations participating as possible. The survey is intentionally designed and distributed in this way to provide an unbiased and deep understanding of what individuals and communities are experiencing across Nova Scotia.

WILL MY INFORMATION BE USED FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE?

Our partner in the creation of this survey, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, follows strict standards to ensure that information that could identify individuals is kept confidential. Only verified researchers have access to the raw data for purposes aligned with the intent of the Quality of Life Initiative (i.e. improving the quality of life of people living in Nova Scotia). The data collected from the survey responses will be made more broadly available, but not in a way that will enable the identification of any participants.

I’M HAVING DIFFICULTY FILLING IT OUT.

If you’re having trouble filling out the survey online please contact 1-844-417-6277 (toll-free) or ciw.kai@uwaterloo.ca. For a paper version of the survey (in English or French) or for general information please contact 902-407-2582 or survey@engagenovascotia.ca. High speed internet access and assistance going online is available at all @NS sites. To find the site closest to you, or with general questions about the survey, call 211.

WHO’S BEHIND THIS?

Engage Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization aspiring for Nova Scotians to be more collaborative, inclusive, and adaptive to change. We work with, and are supported by, business, governments, academic and community groups.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST AND WHO IS PAYING?

The budget for the Quality of Life Survey is $542,000. The costs relate to community consultations, printing survey invitations, mailing these invitations to one in five Nova Scotia households, research analysis, and the preparation and production of ten quality of life reports for ten unique regions of the province. This is the most comprehensive project of its type undertaken in Canada.

Engage Nova Scotia receives financial support from a range of partners including the provincial government, municipal governments, as well as private sector and academic partners such as the Nova Scotia Community College who are undertaking related and complementary measurement work associated with the One Nova Scotia goals. To learn more about who supports Engage Nova Scotia visit engagenovascotia.ca/supporting-investors.