Peel Counts is a community-based collaborative committed to tracking and sharing data critical to human service providers across the Region of Peel. These service providers have come together to identify common priorities in improving the quality of life for Peel residents.
The Peel Counts table builds the foundation for Collective Impact in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Collective Impact in communities involves a joint approach to solving social/ population based issues – beginning with the impact the group wants to achieve and working backwards to the means to achieve them. The essential common vision and metrics (indicators) are established through group consultation, applied consistently across the region and tracked to measure success.
Local and international best practice reinforce that community collaboration and resource sharing in measurement, planning and service delivery provide greater social return on investment (SROI). Economically, this approach makes sense.
Through community consultation, research and application, the following three priorities have been identified:
Peel Counts - Top 3 Priorities
Better Quality of Life
- Being at your best ability and reaching your potential means a better quality of life. To achieve this, children and youth must be thriving, newcomers are integrated, families have the support they need, residents have affordable housing and experience less poverty, seniors are connected and functioning, and neighbourhoods are engaged, accessible, inclusive and violence free. Stability in these areas create healthier communities and a better quality of life - benefiting residents and their communities.
- Maintaining good health through prevention and access to services is important for residents. Improving overall health can be dependent on the ability to be mobile and have access to services to proactively manage physical, emotional and mental health at all stages of life. Overcoming the many barriers associated to accessing equitable healthcare – transportation, housing, education, employment and recreation – is critical to reducing poor health and improving the quality of life for residents in Peel.
Educating the Future
- Creating brighter futures through education and training is a key priority to sustaining a better quality of life. Education and training not only creates opportunity, but it inspires higher self-esteem and self-sufficiency empowering residents to move forward towards achieving a better quality of life. Recent budgetary commitments by the provincial government will make post-secondary education more accessible for low-to-mid income families. With this, residents who previously faced financial barriers will have greater access and opportunity to attend post-secondary education.