Santa Monica Seeks Grant to Study Citizens' "Well-Being"

Well, at least the money's from a private group


Asked to compete in a grant contest, officials in Cincinnati responded with a proposal to reduce infant mortality. In High Point, N.C., they sought to reduce domestic violence.

And in Santa Monica?

The city where the sun shines and the waves beckon decided to establish the nation's first municipal well-being index to measure just how well its residents are doing.

Santa Monica city officials and researchers at Rand Corp. have proposed tracking such measures as residents' physical health, social connectedness and community resilience. They say the resulting index could be a first step toward changing the way city governments serve their residents.