Regional Well-Being Study

well-being-coverThe Regional Well-Being Project is focused on measuring and reporting on Mid-Hudson Valley communities’ social, economic, and environmental character that are broadly accepted and allow the tracking of change over time. The research team includes members of the The Benjamin Center’s staff, SUNY New Paltz faculty and students, and community leaders. Community leaders were recruited among business persons, professional practitioners, environmentalists, economic developers, local governmental officials and educators. In a series of focused meetings, our research team has considered existing related work and articulated community values. As part of this research we are also working with faculty in the development of related teaching materials for use in courses and guiding students in project-related work. The first report on measuring Regional Well-Being, which includes a Regional Well-Being Index, was released in June 2010 and was distributed to local government decision makers. Regularly appearing follow-up reports will be central to the continuing work of CRREO. Through these efforts we seek to inform decision making in the region, focus its efforts, identify opportunities, highlight successes and bring attention to areas where improvement is needed.

The project is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education, obtained with the assistance of New York’s U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

The Regional Well-Being Web Site

The Regional Well-Being Report (PDF)