RI Life Index Coalition kicks off second statewide survey to measure Rhode Islanders’ perceptions of health and well-being in the state

The RI Life Index community coalition, a group of community organizations including BCBSRI, will be conducting phone surveys for the 2020 RI Life Index through August 2020. Participants are selected at random and responses remain strictly confidential. Participation in the survey, which is voluntary, will help strengthen the state’s health policies and services. To learn more, please visit https://www.rilifeindex.org/ and continue reading below for FAQ’s.



What is the RI Life Index survey?

The RI Life Index is a statewide survey that explores Rhode Islanders’ perceptions of the life factors that influence health and well-being.

Will I remain anonymous? Can my responses be tied back to me? How will participants be chosen?

Participants in the RI Life Index survey will be chosen randomly and all individual responses will remain strictly confidential. No identifiable information about you will be shared with anyone; all responses are grouped together.

What is the time frame for the survey?

The telephone survey will begin on July 13 and run through August 2020.

How many people will be surveyed?

Our goal is to interview just over 2,000 people. We need to reach a specific number of participants for the survey results to be valid.

How will the data be used?

The data will be used to inform policy and philanthropic efforts for the areas of need identified in the survey.

How long does it take to complete the survey?

The entire telephone survey takes about 15 minutes. 

What if there are questions I don’t want to answer?

You may refuse to answer those questions.

Who is behind the survey?

The survey is informed by the RI Life Index Coalition, a group of community organizations working in the arenas highlighted within the survey, including basic human needs and social services. Some of the members of the coalition include the Rhode Island Department of Health, United Way of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. You can find a full list of the coalition members at RILifeIndex.org.

Why is this survey being conducted?

In 2019, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), in partnership with the Brown University School of Public Health, created the RI Life Index to better understand ways in which life factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to healthcare, are perceived to impact health outcomes and overall well-being.

Who is conducting the actual telephone survey?

The survey is being conducted by Siena College Research Institute, a nationally recognized research group.


Read the RI Life Index 2020 Press Release