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Metamorphosis Project Measures: A Step-by-Step Guide for Measuring Communication Connections and Civic Engagement

Description: The degree to which individuals’ connection to one type of key neighborhood storyteller (neighbors, local media, or community organizations) stimulates their connections to other types of neighborhood storytellers.

Operational Definition: A summation of three interaction terms between scope of connections to the local media, scope of connections to community organizations, and intensity of interpersonal neighborhood storytelling.

Range: The ICSN variable ranges from a minimum score of 3 to a maximum of 15

Items Included:

Scope of Connection to Local Media (LC)

LC1: Approximately how many hours did you spend last week…
Reading newspapers produced for your area or for your ethnic group.

LC2: Approximately how many hours did you spend last week…
Watching television and cable channels that target your area or are produced for your ethnic group?

LC3: Approximately how many hours did you spend last week…
Listening to radio stations that target your area or are produced for your ethnic group

All LC items are measured on a scale from 0 (None) through 6 (more than 5 hours).

Scope of Connection to Community Organizations (OC)

OC1: Do you or does anyone in your household participate in any cultural, ethnic, or religious or church organizations or groups?

OC2: Do you or does anyone in your household participate in any political or educational organizations??

OC3: Do you or does anyone in your household participate in any neighborhood group or homeowners association

OC4: Do you or does anyone in your household participate in any sport or recreational organizations or clubs?

OC5: Do you or does anyone in your household participate in any other organizations or groups?

OC6:  Approximately how often do you attend a religious service?

For items OC1 to OC5 possible scores are 0 (No, do not participate) or 1 (Yes, do participate).

OC6 is measured on a scale from 1 (Never) through 6 (More than once a week)

Intensity of Interpersonal Neighborhood Storytelling (INS)

INS1: How often do you have discussions with other people about things happening in your neighborhood?

INS1 is measured on a scale from 1 (Never) through 10 (All the Time)

 

Computing the Integrated Connection to a Storytelling Network (ICSN)

1. Compute LC (Connections to Local Media)

  a. Recode LC1, LC2 and LC3 into binary variables LC1B, LC2B, LC3B.

       - If LC1=0, then LC1B=0. Otherwise LC1B=1.
       - If LC2=0, then LC2B=0. Otherwise LC2B=1.
       - If LC3=0, then LC3B=0. Otherwise LC3B=1.

  b. Compute the sum LC=LC1B+LC2B+LC3B

  c. Compute the z-score of LC and recode it to a range of 1-5
        (lowest 20% of scores =1, highest 20%=5)

2. Compute OC (Connections to Organizations)

  a. Recode OC6 into a binary variable OC6B

      - If OC6=1 or 2, then OC6B=0. Otherwise OC6B=1.

  b. Compute the sum OC= OC1+OC2+OC3+OC4+OC5+OC6B.

  c. Compute the z-score of OC and recode it to a range of 1-5
         (lowest 20% of scores =1, highest 20%=5)

3.  Compute INS (Connections to Residents)

  a. Replace missing cases in INS1 with the group mean or a grand mean. This is your INS variable

  b. Create a z-score of INS recode it to a range of 1-5 (lowest 20% of scores =1, highest 20%=5)

4. Compute the actual variable:

ICSN is the sum of the square roots of the three products (LC x INS), (LC x OC), and (INS x OC).

 -   ICSN = SQRT(LC x INS)+ SQRT(LC x OC)+SQRT(INS x OC)

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