PEI Well-being Project

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The Institute of Island Studies is embarking on a four-year study to better understand and assess the well-being and quality of life of Islanders. We would like you to be part of the initiative! Click on the survey link below to share your thoughts on how island communities could be better places to live, work and play.
The survey is open until mid-November 2021.


Background:

The Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island is embarking on a four-year project to better understand and assess the well-being and quality of life of Prince Edward Islanders.

An online survey will be one of the first initiatives of the project and everyone on PEI is encouraged to participate. Beginning in late September 2021 and continuing for several weeks (until November 2021), the Institute of Island Studies will be asking Islanders who are 18 years or older to complete an online survey that explores personal well-being and offers the opportunity to share thoughts on how island communities could be better places to live, work and play.

Societal progress is often assessed using relatively narrow economic indicators, including the Gross Domestic/Provincial Product. Over the past decade, complementary indicators have emerged in several jurisdictions that help broaden our understanding and assessment of societal well-being. The Institute of Island Studies well-being project aims to gather input from Islanders to identify these complementary components of well-being that are important to them, and which inspire civic engagement and community vitality.

As an initial step in the project, the 2021 online survey will provide an opportunity for people on PEI to share their thoughts on measures of their well-being that go beyond economic metrics and extend into areas such as community vitality, health, democratic engagement, the natural environment, leisure and culture, education or learning, standard of living, and overall personal well-being.

Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Interim Chair of the Institute of Island Studies, notes the importance of the survey: “We hope that Islanders will take a few minutes to complete the survey as this is an opportunity to better understand the current and future well-being of our island populace and help foster engaged and vibrant communities on PEI.”

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Media contact:
Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies
902-894-2881 | brinklow@upei.ca

Research Coordinator:
Dr. Phil Davison, Institute of Island Studies 
phdavison@upei.ca

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