The Well-Being Index combines measures that represent the overall well-being of children themselves. In contrast, the Assets Index combines measures that represent important external factors that can support children’s well-being, and includes the following five areas: Adult Relationships, Peer Relationships, Nutrition & Sleep, After-School Activities, and School Experiences.*
Adults at School
Adults in the Neighbourhood
Adults at Home
Nutrition & Sleep
Meals at Home with Your Family
Frequency of Good Sleep
* The School Experiences asset data are not reported as part of the Assets Index to deter the ranking of individual schools or districts. You can learn more about the measures in the School Experiences Dimension of the MDI here.
The Assets Index reports the percentage of children who indicate the presence of the asset in their lives. Therefore, it provides a quick and comprehensive way to foster discussions about the factors and resources available to children that support their well-being. For those schools, school districts, and communities that collect multiple years of MDI data, changes in the Assets Index can be examined over time. Often, the Assets Index can also provide insights into the ways in which children perceive the presence or absence of these assets in their lives. Data from the Assets Index can be a useful starting point for further work with children, such as conducting focus groups and lessons to explore their perceptions of the various assets in their lives and to determine where to focus resources to support their well-being. In addition, MDI Neighbourhood Profiles and Maps, which are available on BC School District and Community reports, can also illustrate differences in access to these assets across a school district’s neighbourhoods.