Is our quality of life improving? The San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard was initiated in 2009 to shine a spotlight on questions that truly matter to San Diegans surrounding a central theme: Is the quality of life improving?
The dashboard combines data collection and analysis with research and outreach strategy to advance intelligent policy in the San Diego region. Drawing from strong relationships with environmental groups, government and the business community, Equinox Project is able to provide a balanced snapshot of the region’s quality of life using credible data, clear metrics and benchmarks. The Dashboard tracks the region’s progress on critical, interlinking quality-of-life issues and provides example of where things are working and ideas for how circumstances can improve.
Equinox Project’s set of indicators is intended to be a quick and easily digestible snapshot, not unlike the set of gauges on a car’s dashboard that tell you how well your vehicle is running and when there is a problem. The results support the region’s leaders, including policymakers, community groups and businesses, in tackling these and other issues.
Quality of life indicators include: Air Quality, Border Region, Climate Change, Economic Prosperity, Electric Vehicles, Energy, Housing, Land Use, Transportation, Waste, Water.
2016 Regional Dashboard Report
The 2016 Quality of Life Dashboard shows four indicators that have improved significantly, including employment, entrepreneurship, renewable energy and water use, while two indicators showed regression, specifically landfill waste disposal and beach water quality. Among all 15 indicators, six are up, six are down and three remain neutral or report no new data: air quality, cross-border issues and climate change impacts.