Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions

The Conference Board of Canada, 190 pages, July 18, 2018
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A literature review, interviews, and case studies inform the development of the new Framework for Community Wellbeing, a collaborative research project between DIALOG and The Conference Board of Canada.

Document Highlights

There has been growing interest among governments, urban planners, designers, public health units, and other stakeholders in the design decisions that foster health, vitality, and wellbeing. Indeed, the design of our built environment impacts our health and wellbeing, with potentially long-term consequences on quality of life.

Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions presents the findings of a collaborative research project between The Conference Board of Canada and DIALOG, to develop a framework for defining and evaluating the built environment’s contributions to community wellbeing. The Framework was conceptualized based on the definition of community wellbeing, which encompasses the essential domains related to the social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential.

The Framework is essentially a guide for understanding the relationship of the physical environment and the wellbeing of people and natural systems.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1—Designing for Community Wellbeing

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Research Approach
  • Framework Development
  • Defining Community Wellbeing

Chapter 2—Building a Business Case in Support of Designing for Wellbeing

  • Why Is Community Wellbeing Important From a Business Perspective?
  • Building a Business Case for Wellbeing Across Sectors
  • Workplaces and Office Settings
  • Academic Sector
  • Health Care Delivery Sector
  • Retail Sector
  • Residential and Homes Sector
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—The Community Wellbeing Framework

  • The Community Wellbeing Framework: Version 1.0
  • Social Domain
  • Environment Domain
  • Economic Domain
  • Cultural Domain
  • Political Domain
  • Implementation of the Community Wellbeing Framework
  • Framework User Guide

Chapter 4—Final Discussion and Next Steps

  • Future Opportunities and Evolution of the Framework

Appendix A—Glossary

Appendix B—Methodological Approach

  • Research Definition
  • Literature Review
  • Key Informant Interviews
  • Framework Development
  • Case Study Applications
  • Peer Review

Appendix C—Extended Literature Review

  • Introduction
  • Coming to Terms With Varying Definitions
  • Our Final Guiding Definition
  • Conclusion

Appendix D—Return on Investment Tables

  • Return on Investment for Workplaces
  • Return on Investment for Academic Settings
  • Return on Investment for Hospital Settings
  • Return on Investment for Retail Settings
  • Return on Investment for Homes and Residential Communities

Appendix E—Bibliography

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