City News: Second Wellbeing Project Survey Seeks Input from 5,000 Residents



Via City Press Release : 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica is seeking input from 5,000 residents for the second installment of the Wellbeing Survey. Created in partnership with the RAND Corporation, the new Economics Foundation, and with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Wellbeing Project harnesses the power of data to provide a shared understanding of our community’s strengths and needs, encouraging collaboration among City leaders, local organizations, and residents to improve our collective wellbeing.

Data collected from the survey will be combined with data from City departments, social media, and non-City entities to inform the Wellbeing Index, a report card for the cumulative impact of all the City does for its residents. Each of the Index’s six dimensions (community, place, health, learning, economic opportunity, and outlook) reflect quality of life and resident needs in Santa Monica. Survey results will identify gaps in program goals and will help align policy decisions with the needs and experiences of Santa Monica’s 93,000 residents.

Initial findings from the Wellbeing Index, all available at, were released in April 2015, and were informed by survey responses from 2,200 residents. Since, the City has responded, taking action to maximize existing wellbeing assets’ impact, and to improve in challenge areas identified by the findings.

The next step is to assess the effect of these, and other, interventions. The Wellbeing Project hopes to double the number of residents who participate in this year’s Wellbeing Survey, in order to create a more complete picture of where the City is today, and where it should strive to be tomorrow.

The survey will be open through Saturday, November 26, and can be accessed in English and Spanish at

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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