The Community Wellbeing Framework

At DIALOG, we’re passionate about design. We believe it can, and should, meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment we all share, and we partnered with the Conference Board of Canada to prove it.

Our vision was to demonstrate the link between design and wellbeing through research based evidence. We’re excited to announce that the research report is now complete and the framework is ready to share!

The downloadable report shares the Community Wellbeing Framework: a methodology to help design professionals understand the impact of their work on community wellbeing. Indicators and corresponding metrics for the Social, Environmental, Economic, Cultural and Political domains provide a guide to examine how design features can contribute to community wellbeing and facilitate decision-making around designing our built environment.

The Conference Board of Canada’s research report, Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions, can be downloaded free of charge using the links below:


The Executive Briefing provides a high-level understanding of the research and Framework.


The full report provides the research approach, rationale behind the indicators and metrics, and business case for designing for community wellbeing.


What’s Next?

We believe the methodology will only improve with your feedback. Let us know how the Framework can impact your projects; what works for you, and what doesn’t. Share your story at ac.ngisedgolaidnull@gniebllewytinummoc. As we collect additional experiences, we‘ll continue to release updates and additional tools. Sign up here to receive more Framework news in the future.

Learn more about the Community Wellbeing Framework in this video capturing a presentation by DIALOG’s Antonio Gomez-Palacio at OPPI18. The theme for OPPI18 was Community Readiness. The conference encouraged participants to think about adverse effects of climate change, economic uncertainty, and more. Visit to see the work Ontario’s professional planners are doing to ensure communities are ready to face potentially negative outcomes.