1. Welcome to the Social Capital Community Survey

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Dear concerned citizen,

Welcome to the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo's community well-being survey page. By taking this brief survey, you can help us find valuable insights into our community. Included in the survey are questions concerning your general activity, feelings of trust, and engagement within your community. In addition, at the end of the survey there is a quick bio section asking some personal, but not overly invasive questions. You will not be asked to give any personal information such as your identity or exact residence. The only potentially personal question is at the end you will be asked to give your email or phone number so you can be entered into the drawing for 2 Explore Buffalo season tickets. At the end of the drawing, the email or phone number you enter will be destroyed from our records. You are guaranteed to be completely anonymous. All information will be held highly confidential. Specific information will not be released to other companies or organizations. Your individual answers will not be released and will only be seen by the Social Capital Enhancement Initiative Director James Quinn and from academic research personnel from Buffalo State College. If you would not like to answer a particular question, you have the right to skip the question. There will be a publication of the final results which you have the right to request a personal copy by E-mailing James Quinn J.quinn421@gmail.com. Also available if you have any questions or concerns.

What we are measuring?

 -Social Capital

What is it?

-Social capital is the features of social life, networks, norms, and trust that enable participants to act together more effectively to pursue shared objectives (Robert Putnam Bowling Alone 2000)

Why is it important?

Communities with higher levels of social capital are better off in many ways:

·         Economically more prosperous

o   There is significant evidence that the presence of social capital creates a better environment for the cooperation of businesses, more efficient cultivation of human capital (working skills), and the spread of information such as employment opportunities

·         Physically and mentally healthier

o   Social researchers have found that residence who live in communities with high social capital are generally happier, have higher life satisfaction, and are healthier overall (measured by several factors such as infant mortality rates, disease rates, obesity rates, etc.)    

·         Safer- less crime

o   Social researchers have found evidence that social capital significantly reduces gun violence and street crime. Citizens who live in communities with high levels of community pride have lower levels of violent crime, especially gun violence.