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The 2006 Social Capital Community Survey was funded thanks to the generosity of the Surdna Foundation, the Audrey and Bernard Rapoport Foundation, the Kansas Health Institute and the following community foundations: the Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro; the Duluth Area Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice; the Kalamazoo Foundation; the Maine Community Foundation; the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the San Diego Foundation; and the Winston-Salem Foundation.
The RDD telephone survey was conducted in two waves.
Wave 1 ran from mid-January to late April, 2006 and covered the following 14 communities:
Baton Rouge, LA; (East Baton Rouge Parish) (400 respondents)
Duluth, MN and Superior, WI; (500)
General analysis described here and analysis of young adults' responses here
Greensboro, NC (Guilford County) (450);
Greensboro's topline results here or see PowerPoint (or read News-Record article)
Houston, TX (Harris County) (400);
Kalamazoo, MI (Kalamazoo County) (500);
: a very general description of Kalamazoo results available here
Rochester, NY (Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans Counties, includes oversample to achiveve 100 Hispanics and 100 African Americans) (total sample of 700);
: Rochester results here and PowerPoint of their results here
San Diego, CA (San Diego County) (500);
Winston-Salem, NC (Forsyth County) (750);
Winston-Salem results described here
Yakima, WA (Yakima County) (400);
Arkansas (Siloam Springs, Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Little Rock) (400 in total);
Lewiston-Auburn, ME (cities of Lewiston, Auburn, Greene, Sabatts, Lisbon, Mechanic Falls, Poland, Turner, Wales, Minot) (500);
National sample (1824).
Wave 2 ran from May to August, 2006 and covered the following 8 communities:
New Hampshire (statewide with oversample in Cheshire county) (900);
New Hampshire results described more briefly here and full report available here.
Kansas (statewide sample, and samples in Kansas City, Junction City, Wichita, Garden City, Abilene, KS) (2455);
Sarasota County, FL (500);
National sample (924).
In total, 12,100 respondents were interviewed across both waves.
Questionnaire: A copy of the 2006 Social Capital Community Survey wave 1 survey is available here and wave 2 is available here.
National Results: here are 2006 Social Capital Community Survey national results.
Community Foundation involvement and building social capital: Doug Easterling, the academic advisor to the Winston Salem and Greesboro Foundations and the Kansas Health Institute, was part of a Social Capital Learning Circle composed of the participating community foundations. He has written up the lessons learned for community foundations on building social capital in a thoughtful piece called The leadership role of community foundations in building social capital (National Civic Review, vol. 97, Issue 4, Winter 2008, pp. 39-51).
Data: We have arranged to provide these data (without any geocodes) through the Roper Center here.
2000 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Social Capital Short Form
Social Capital Evaluation Guide
Social Capital Impact Statement
Post 9-11 surveying
Social Capital Toolkit (v1.2)
Social Capital Mapping
Social Capital Measurement of Other Countries
Interesting new findings
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. To obtain the short-form click here. We would appreciate an e-mail letting us know how you used the short-form, any recommendations to us, and what your results were.
U.S. government measurement: the government has also begun measuring some social capital items (voting, volunteering, attendance at public meetings and working with others to fix/improve something) but at the moment, this is only generating social capital estimates at the state level.