Vital Signs are reports that are produced annually in various regions of the UK to act as guides to local charitable giving by measuring social trends and issues. They pull together existing research and combine this with a community consultation, to gain a full picture of the issues in particular regions.
Understanding needs and issues in a community are the first step to being able to solve them. This is what the Vital Signs programme does. It measures the social temperature of different cities and communities across the UK to uncover the areas that need the most help.
Vital Signs are not just based on government statistics – it also looks at the needs and attitudes of local communities. Beyond numbers and statistics, Vital Signs can also help us understand what the implications of the findings are.