Psychological
Sense of Community

So, you want to know if the community you have created has had a positive impact?

We already know that having a perceived good quality of life, has many positive benefits; reduced use of health care services, reduced self-report of loneliness and its negative consequences, increased life expectancy, higher levels of resilience and an overall greater sense of well-being.

It has also been suggested that in addition to specific direct and indirect effects, the sense of community also serves a critical role through which other perceptions and experiences of life satisfaction and resilience come to impact on a person’s life.

 

Communities are also, not always linked to place, for a sense of community comes from deep shared experiences whether these communities are on-line or in person.

Effective Measures of Community

Using two standard measures with good reliability and validity there is now a simple and statistically robust way to actually measure whether the community you have created is improving someone’s life and making a real difference.

We know that communities come in many shapes and sizes. They might have a shared history of time, perhaps a sports team that have played together for many years.

Or they might be new communities, such as those created in retirement communities.

And of course, they may also be through a completely online environment

 

By measuring a person’s sense of community and its powerful protective barrier against the negative sense of poor life satisfaction we can create an index to view the experiences of:

(1) membership – the feeling that who belongs to the community and who does not;

(2) influence – the ability to express and influence the group which works both ways, some influence by the group on its members is needed for group cohesion;

(3) integration and fulfilment of needs – the feeling that members are awarded, and some needs are satisfied by being a member of the community; and

(4) shared emotional connections – the common history of members in a community, which includes the extent and quality of interaction between members.

The survey model and analysis reporting has been developed by bringing together robust and valid instruments. And what’s more the survey to gather the data is really simple to complete. Its an online or paper-based survey of around 20 questions. You can repeat it as many times as you like gathering a benchmark and then a trend, especially useful if you are making changes and you'd like to measure the impact.

 

The resulting data includes not only the indirect effect on life satisfaction, that feeling like a part of a community contributes to overall life satisfaction, but also the direct effect of the psychological sense of community on how individuals feel about their lives as a whole.

 

Get in touch to find out how you can use this survey and reporting metric to simply and easily measure the impact of your community.

 

For the launch of this new research product, there is a price reduction of 10% until September 2021.

 

Read the full research article here.