Curious About the Survey?

DON’T WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH MEASUREMENTS?

Traditionally, economic data have been the main tools used to measure how we are doing. Those data aren’t wrong – they’re just incomplete. We believe that we need a new way of measuring and understanding what it means to be happy, healthy and fulfilled; and that by asking Nova Scotians how they feel they are doing in different areas that affect their day-to-day lives and overall wellbeing, we’ll have a better understanding of Nova Scotians’ priorities and needs, and be more creative about solutions to the challenges we face.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY?

The survey is being sent to one in five households in Nova Scotia on a randomized basis to ensure we get as thorough a mix of ages, genders and locations participating as possible. Anyone in a household age 16 and above can participate.

WHY CAN’T EVERYONE FILL OUT THE SURVEY?

Participants are randomly selected in order to capture unbiased data. The number of surveys distributed is designed to enable a deep understanding of what individuals and communities are experiencing across Nova Scotia.

WILL MY INFORMATION BE USED FOR ANOTHER PURPOSE?

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing, our partner in the creation of this survey, follows strict standards to ensure that information that could identify individuals is kept confidential and that 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 will be made more broadly available, but nothing will enable the identification of any individual or recognizable group.

HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT ME?

The data gathered by this survey will be made into a Quality of Life Report specific to your unique region of the province. It will ensure issues most important to the health and happiness of you, your family and your community receive better attention and help local leaders make better decisions with these issues front of mind.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE INFORMATION COLLECTED BY THE SURVEY?

The information gathered by this survey will help organizations, local leaders and others who care, to see the gaps between those doing well and those who need help, hear the voices of those who feel left out, think creatively about new ways to solve problems, and better understand the full range of what’s important to Nova Scotians.

Specifically, a series of reports will be prepared and shared broadly –  one for the province overall and for ten regions across Nova Scotia. The detailed findings will be made available online, and researchers will be able to apply to gain access to the raw data to do deeper studies.