Voice & Participation

Voter turnout

High voter turnout suggests more political engagement within the community.

How we measure it -

  • General election turnout
  • Local election turnout

The proportion of people within the community who have voted in both general and local elections.

(Electoral Commission, British Census Survey)

Co-op member engagement

Choosing which local causes to fund indicates people are interested in affecting changes and developments within the local area.

How we measure it -

  • Co-op member engagement

The proportion of Co-op members within the community that have selected a cause through the Local Community Fund within the past year. Communities with 100 or less total members are assigned a weight of zero.


Signing of petitions

When people sign petitions, it suggests that they feel they have a voice, and can take action to improve the local community.

How we measure it -

  • Signing of petitions per 1,000 population

The proportion of people within the community signing petitions.

(Government Petitions, British Census Survey)

How we measure wellbeing

Our research identified nine areas that matter for community wellbeing. These are grouped into People, Place and Relationships.


  • Education & Learning

    The availability of good, accessible, affordable services to help all ages make the most of education and learning opportunities.

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  • Health

    Access to good quality public, voluntary, and social care services that promote physical and mental health in the community.

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  • Economy, Work & Employment

    Services and infrastructure in place to promote a sustainable, ethical, inclusive economy that meets the needs of local people.

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  • Culture, heritage and leisure

    Access to affordable and inclusive cultural and leisure activities, services and amenities which celebrate the diverse histories of people in the community.

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  • Transport, mobility and connectivity

    Access to affordable and sustainable transport and communication networks for everyone, especially those with disabilities.

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  • Housing, Space & Environment

    Affordable, secure, quality housing, a safe and clean surrounding environment, and well-kept, accessible and inclusive public spaces for people of all ages.

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  • Relationships & Trust

    The state of family, social and community relationships and the impact of any breakdown in trust on issues like crime.

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  • Equality

    Equal and fair opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, colour, age, ability, sexuality, gender, income etc. Services and infrastructure in place to promote equality, equity and fairness.

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  • Voice & Participation

    Democratic governance and decision-making mechanisms in place to allow people to express themselves and take either individual or collective action to improve the local community and beyond.

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