connected are Americans to each other?
many of your neighbors' first names do you know?
often do you attend parades or festivals?
you volunteer at your kids' school? Or help out senior citizens?
you trust your local police?
you know who your U.S. senators are?
you attend religious services? Or go to the theater?
you sign petitions? Or attend neighborhood meetings?
you think the people running your community care about you?
you make a difference?
often do you visit with friends or family?
Background: Three dozen
community foundations, other funders, and the Saguaro
Seminar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University joined together to ask these questions of nearly 30,000
people in the largest-ever survey on the civic engagement of Americans.
In the survey, we look at how connected we are to family, friends,
neighbors and civic institutions on a local and national level.
These connections - our Social Capital - are the glue that hold
us together and enable us to build bridges to others. This project
will assist residents in each of our local communities as they
to build stronger communities and strengthen community bonds.
Short Form: The Saguaro
Seminar has distilled down the 25-minute Social Capital Community
Benchmark Survey into a Short Form that has 5-10 minutes
of questions. We have the short form available in English and Spanish. We would appreciate an e-mail letting us know how you used the
short-form, any recommendations to us, and what your results were.
Survey instrument: Here is the 2000 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey in English and Spanish. For the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey, click here.
Obtaining data: For researchers that want to use these Social Capital Community
Benchmark Survey data for analysis, we have arranged to have the
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (at the Univ. of Connecticut,
at Storrs) make these data publicly available. You can access these
data (in SPSS format), the codebook, and information about our
survey methods at:
Papers using SCCBS survey: Here is a list of papers generated from these SCCBS data. If you know of other papers, please let us know
Social Capital Measurement Generally: Click