Building the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Dr. Alex C. Michalos
Measuring our wellbeing goes beyond economic indicators.
Healthy Populations • Education • Community Vitality • Living Standards
Leisure & Culture • Time Use • Democratic Engagement • Environment
These are the essential domains of our wellbeing.
More than a decade ago, a group of experts from the academic, private, public, and non-profit sectors set out to create a composite measure of wellbeing that incorporates all of these domains of life. Comprehensive reports have been developed for each domain and they have been incorporated into the first comprehensive index of wellbeing in Canada.
Please join us as Dr. Alex Michalos discusses the vision and development of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, and provides us with some initial reflections on and a “sneak peek” of the composite CIW prior to its release in October 2011.
Dr. Alex C. Michalos is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brandon University and an Emeritus Professor in Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he also served as Chancellor and Director of the Institute for Social Research and Evaluation.
He has published 24 books, over 100 refereed articles, and founded or co-founded seven scholarly journals, of which Social Indicators Research was the first scholarly journal devoted to quality of life research.
Dr. Michalos has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work including Member of the Order of Canada (2010) for his contributions to the social sciences, notably in research that has helped to measure the quality-of-life in Canada and abroad; and Gold Medal for Achievement in Research (2004) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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