Measuring Community Social Capital in British Columbia: An Ecometric Approach for Population Health Research

When: March 14, 2012, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Coach House, Green College, UBC

Speaker: Richard Carpiano, Sociology, UBC

This talk will discuss an interdisciplinary study that applied ecometric approaches to creating several measures of community social cohesion and social capital. Using survey data collected from residents of 100 British Columbia communities, we evaluate separately for urban and rural communities: (a) the degree to which the reliability of specific ecologic measures is contingent upon the number of “raters” in a community who are providing information and (b) the validity of the resulting measures.

The implications of these findings for guiding future studies of community context—for population health and other areas of focus—will be discussed.

This talk is a part of the Population Health Series.