Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCB)


Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (SCCB)
Name: Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Funder(s): Saguaro Seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and three-dozen community foundations in Phoenix, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boston, Boulder, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Syracuse, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Delaware, Denver, East Tennessee, Fremont (MI), Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Houston, Indiana, Kanawha Valley (WV), Kalamazoo, Maine (Lewiston-Auburn), Montana, New Hampshire, Peninsula Silicon Valley (CA), Rochester, St. Paul, San Diego, San Francisco, Southeastern Michigan (Detroit), Winston-Salem, York (PA), Bismarck, central Oregon, Minneapolis, North Minneapolis, South Dakota, Seattle, and Yakima.
General Description: The SCCB is the first step in a campaign by over three dozen community foundations to rebuild levels of connectedness in their communities. This collaboration builds on the work of Professor Robert D. Putnam (author of Bowling alone: Collapse and revival of the American community), and the strategies for civic revitalization outlined in a report by the Saguaro Seminar, Better Together. The survey collects information on the relative strengths and areas for improvement in communities' civic behavior.
Design (cross-sectional vs. longitudinal; periodicity; mode of administration): Cross-sectional. Random-digit dialed telephone interviews were conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres Intersearch Corporation between July and November of 2000. This one-time survey is expected to serve as a baseline with which to compare future progress. The survey was developed by the Saguaro Seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government with the involvement of a Scientific Advisory Group consisting of experts on social capital measurement.
Population: The SCCB is representative of adults, 18 years and older.
Sample Selection and Description: The national sample consists of 3,000 respondents. The survey includes a two-times over-sample of Hispanics and African-Americans. In addition, representative samples in 40 communities nationwide (across 29 states) covering an additional 26,200 respondents were interviewed. In the national sample, confidence intervals are plus or minus 2.1 percentage points for the total population, and plus or minus 5 percentage points for Hispanics and African-Americans.
Age of Respondent: 18 years and older
Age of Child: Not applicable
Indicators: Neighborhood community
Community of friends
Concern for safety

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