Community Research

It’s our job to know the local communities we serve


At United Way Simcoe Muskoka, we make data-driven funding decisions to reduce poverty across our region in the most impactful ways possible. Much information is gathered by sitting at cross-sector community tables, but we also conduct surveys, community consultations and initiate, collaborate and consult on community research projects. Here are the community reports that UWSM has led or supported within Simcoe Muskoka.

Analyzing 211 Rural Unmet Service Needs

The Analyzing 211 Rural Unmet Service Needs study is a joint project of the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) and Ontario 211 Services (211 Ontario) to undertake an exploratory analysis of 211-caller needs data, focusing on those originating in rural Ontario jurisdictions and those needs logged as “unmet needs.”

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Muskoka Vital Signs Report 2018

With support from United Way Simcoe Muskoka, the Muskoka Community Foundation released their first Vital Signs report in 2018. This report measures the health and vitality of our Muskoka communities and identifies trends in various sectors that are indicative of quality of life.

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Simcoe Muskoka’s VitalSigns Report 2016

A report intended to be a snapshot of our communities, capturing our two larger areas of Muskoka and Simcoe County, as well as the six reporting domains within. This report reached out to a broad range of organizations and community members throughout Simcoe Muskoka.

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Cover of Simcoe County Vital Signs 2014

Simcoe County’s VitalSigns Report 2014

A community snapshot that highlights eleven key issues faced by communities within Simcoe County. This report is meant to encourage dialogue and encourage cross-sector, long-term solutions to real problems.

Read the report.