Toward Common Ground: Developing a Common Language and Framework




Haanstra, Sarah

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Recognizing that there may not be a common lens to understand the social and health wellbeing in the community, this project outlines the steps that were taken by the Toward Common Ground (TCG) partnership to develop a wellbeing framework for adults in the City of Guelph and Wellington County.

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute contributed students who undertook research that was used to inform the development of the framework. Other University of Guelph partnerships were also developed through which students took on projects as part of their course work. While committing to following community precedent, researchers reviewed of best practices in other communities, and scanned grey and academic literature. TCG has developed a common language framework to use as a lens to understand the social and health wellbeing of adults in Guelph and Wellington. The framework development included the identification of a clear process, criteria and considerations that were used to identify domains, concepts, indicators and measures of wellbeing for adults in Guelph and Wellington. Moving forward, it will be used to organize and present information about wellbeing in Guelph and Wellington on a public dashboard. The dashboard is intended to improve access to local social and health data and information and to strength our collective understanding of strengths, gaps and needs. The wellbeing framework is also meant to guide the individual and collective actions of the TCG partners by easing access to information.


Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.


Toward Common Ground, Guelph, Guelph Wellington, social wellbeing, health wellbeing, Community engaged scholarship institute, What we know