Data repository

Canadian Index of Wellbeing Data Repository (CIWDR) 

Did you know that the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) maintains a repository of data collected through the CIW-Community Wellbeing Survey? The data are available free of charge to people interested in advancing knowledge related to wellbeing and quality of life. The data can provide relevant and important insights on both the specific and more holistic aspects of quality of life in Canadian communities. We encourage both academic and community researchers, as well as their students, to make use of this data source.

CIW Community Wellbeing Survey data have been used for a variety of purposes including academic research for journal articles and conference presentations, and graduate student theses. Community organization such as municipalities, Health Units, and Community Foundations have also used the data to provide deeper insights into local issues in order to more effectively target programs and services.

Data for each of our Community Wellbeing Surveys can be provided in different formats including SPSS, SAS, Stata, or in an Excel spreadsheet. We also include community-specific survey documentation such as a codebook, the original survey, and related materials that may be useful when conducting secondary data analysis.

As part of an agreement with our community partners and in conjunction with the University of Waterloo Office of Research, researchers interested in using the Community Wellbeing Survey data are asked to read the CIW Data Use Guidelines , and return signed CIW Data Use Agreement and Data Request Application forms.

Contact us for more information about the Community Wellbeing Survey data as well as the application forms.