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Vital Signs is a periodic check-up that measures the vitality of our communities – gathering data and sparking conversation about significant social and economic trends to tell the story of how we are faring in key quality-of-life areas.  Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement,  provide focus for public debate and to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.  Residents, businesses, community organizations, educational institutions and government leaders use the information in Vital Signs to take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

Vital Conversation is a facilitated discussion with community members to learn more about the social and economic trends impacting local quality of life. The conversations are often used as a starting point to identify local priorities and mobilize a community into action.  Vital Conversations can serve as a springboard to strengthen local relationships, develop new partnerships and determine funding priorities.

Vital Focus provides a comprehensive overview of a single prominent or emerging issue in the community. A Vital Focus Report can be tied to the annual national theme or linked to an issue that is specific to a community.

Vital Brief  is shorter and simpler than a full Vital Signs Publication. It highlights one to three issue areas in the community along with data points. It is a snapshop of the community as it related to a few issue areas.

New: 2021 Vital Focus Report

The 2021 Publication is a Vital Focus – This publication focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it had in our communities. The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta witnessed the establishment of community partnerships and collaborations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which affected virtually every aspect of our daily lives. As a result, this report focuses on three impact areas that were substantially affected by the pandemic: Mental Health, Work & Economy, and Vulnerable Populations (highlighting food security, housing stability, and domestic violence).

2021 Vital Focus References

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