Social capital

The social capital is very important for community development. Understanding the structure of the community and the way people cooperate, form connections, and participate in the life of the community helps policymakers and stakeholders make better, more informed decisions. It will also enable the policymakers and community leaders to impact existing and create new social capital, which would likely benefit the community. Measuring social capital is difficult. Groups and networks, civic engagement, and community involvement can be used as indicators, but they are difficult to quantify. However, a good start is to study and understand the demographic structure of the community, the institutions involved in service delivery, the services available to the community, and access to services.

North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

Compass created by:
Wilder Research

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