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Waikato Vital Signs

Waikato Vital Signs is a community check-up that reports on the social, environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our communities, joining the dots between statistical information and what matters most to the people ‘living on the ground’.

The Waikato Vital Signs 2020 Community Engagement Workshops are happening in March and April, see invite, information and schedule.

Download the 2016 Report

Eight 'Impact Areas' examined in the Waikato Vital Signs Reports:

  • Children and Youth;

  • Strong Communities;

  • Culture and Arts;

  • Economy Vitality;

  • Education;

  • Environment;

  • Health;

  • Recreation and Sport.

Waikato Vital Signs

The purpose of the Waikato Vital Signs Reports:

  • strengthen our collective understanding of, and connections within, Waikato communities;

  • inform and support decision-making by identifying and communicating key priorities and aspirations of Waikato communities;

  • connect philanthropic and grant-making organisations with those organisations that can address the key community needs and opportunities.

Download the Waikato Vital Signs 2016 Report


How are the Waikato Vital Signs Reports created?

As a process, the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), is engaged by Momentum Waikato to collate and analyse existing date from 34 indicators across eight impact areas.

The NIDEA Waikato Vital Signs Consultancy Reports are extremely informative, however the final Waikato Vital Signs Reports tell the full story as they reflect community priorities, local stories and responses to the NIDEA reports from people across the Waikato who attend the community engagement workshops.

What is the purpose of engaging with the community – why not just publish the statistical analysis?

Statistics on their own are important but are an insufficient source of information. Even by putting some analysis around statistics, we are still not telling a full story. Engaging with communities helps to create meaning, telling narratives of a place, and capturing communities’ views on their strengths and challenges. By having local conversations, we hope to:

  • Supplement the statistics with meaningful, compelling and relevant experiences and learning;

  • Hear stories that add a qualitative outlook to the more quantitative nature of the statistics;

  • Understand the priorities of the communities we engage with;

  • Facilitate and encourage discussions which represent diverse perspectives;

  • Build relationships within our community that are ongoing beyond the Waikato Vital Signs engagement workshops.

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Hasn’t this been done before? What’s new? What makes it different to other reports?

The strength of Waikato Vital Signs lies in engaging communities around evidence-based trends, and then using quantitative information as a starting point to engage them in a meaningful dialogue about their well-being, priorities, aspirations and needs.

Momentum Waikato is the second Community Foundation in New Zealand to introduce the Community Foundation of Canada’s Vital Signs tool – the first was the Bay of Plenty’s Acorn Foundation in 2015.

How often will Waikato Vital Signs be published?

The Waikato Vital Signs Reports are produced every four years, with the inaugural report published in 2016. The Waikato Vital Signs report findings inform our following Vital Impact Grant Round.

Download the Waikato Vital Signs 2016 Report