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Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research
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Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research



July 2018 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research is a reference guide that compiles and organizes key measures for community research. There are many measures commonly available, but they can be difficult to locate and evaluate.  Mary L. Ohmer, Claudia Coulton, Darcy A. Freedman, Joanne L. Sobeck, and Jamie Booth compile the major measures of community practice and assess them for reliability and validity. The book is divided into major areas of measurement, including: methods of measurement, connections in community, community engagement, resources and issues, community organizing and social action, and measures of unequal access. Each measure includes a definition, theoretical frameworks, evaluation, and a description of how the measure has been used. The goal of this text is to provide students, professors, researchers and community-based practitioners with a helpful resource to locate, compare and utilize community and neighborhood measures. This book can be used by research institutions as well as the numerous non-profit agencies and other public and private organizations who work to improve conditions in communities and neighborhoods.  

 
1. Introduction and Purpose
Defining Neighborhoods and Communities  
Overview of Measurement Methods and Inclusion Criteria for Measures in this Book  
Purpose and Structure  
Conclusion  
 
2. Framework for Community and Neighborhood Measurement
Conceptual Framework  
Examples of Community Measures in Research and Practice  
Conclusion  
 
3. Methodological Considerations for Community and Neighborhood Measurement
Methodological Issues when Using Community or Neighborhood Level Measures  
Overall Methodological Issues for Community and Neighborhood Measurement  
Conclusion  
 
4. Community Readiness and Capacity for Change
Defining Community Readiness and Capacity  
Community Readiness Model  
Community Capacity for Change  
Measuring Community Readiness and Capacity  
Conclusion  
 
5. Strategic Collective Action in Communities
The Importance of Measuring Strategic Collective Action  
Methods for Measuring Strategic Collective Action  
Measures of Strategic Collective Action  
Conclusion  
 
6. Social Connections and Processes in Communities
Why is it important to measure social connections and processes in communities?  
Measures of Social Connections and Processes in Communities  
Conclusion  
 
7. Community Empowerment and Engagement
Why is it important to measure community empowerment and engagement?  
Measuring Empowerment in Communities  
Sociopolitical Control Measures  
Community Participation and Civic Engagement Measures  
Conclusion  
 
8. Community Resources and Resident Satisfaction
Community Resources, Community Satisfaction and Satisfaction with Public Services  
Why Measure Community Resources, Community Satisfaction and Satisfaction with Public Services?  
Methods used to Measure Community Resources, Community Satisfaction and Satisfaction with Public Services  
Measures of Community Resources  
Measures of Community Satisfaction  
Measures of Satisfaction with Public Services  
Conclusion  
 
9. The Built Environment Influencing Healthy Living
Why is it important to measure the built environment?  
How is the built environment measured?  
Overview of Measures  
Conclusion  
 
10. Housing and Neighborhood Change
Why are measures related to housing and neighborhood change important?  
Housing Measures  
Neighborhood Change Measures  
Conclusion  
 
11. Community Disorder, Crime and Violence
Why is it important to measure disorder, crime and violence?  
Community Disorder and Order  
Fear of Crime  
Exposure to Community Violence  
Crime, Violence and Related Data  
Conclusion  
 
12. Place-based Social Exclusion and Inequity
Measuring Community Social Disadvantage  
Quantifying Place-Based Segregation by Race, Ethnicity and Income  
Community Diversity Measures  
Measuring Access to Opportunity  
Conclusion  
 
13. Community Wellbeing and Quality of Life
Defining Wellbeing/Quality of Life  
Why Measure Neighborhood Wellbeing/Quality of Life?  
Wellbeing Measures  
Conclusion  

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