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

Civic participation is the extent to which a person is involved in their community. Highly involved residents will devote time, money and expertise to activities that have an impact on their neighborhood.  This may include for example donating, attending city council meetings or participating in protests. Again, integration into the neighborhood storytelling network is critical here, as it gives people the opportunity to learn about local issues and problems. This knowledge is a necessity for an informed civic participation.

Description: Individuals’ temporal and monetary investment in the neighborhood problem solving process.

Operational Definition: The number of activities that individuals have participated in among five different civic actions.

Range: The Civic Participation (CP) variable ranges from a minimum score of 0 to a maximum of 5.


Items Included:

CP1: Since moving into your current neighborhood, have you ever attended a city council meeting, public hearing, or neighborhood council meeting?

CP2: Since moving into your current neighborhood, have you written a letter to the editor of a newspaper, television station, or magazine?

CP3: Since moving into your current neighborhood, have you contacted an elected official about a problem?

CP4: Since moving into your current neighborhood, have you circulated a petition?

CP5: Since moving into your current neighborhood, have you taken part in any political demonstration or protest?

For items CP1 to CP5 possible scores are 0 (No) or 1 (Yes).

 

Computing the Civic Participation (CP) Measure:

Compute the CP variable as the sum of CP1 to CP5:

    CP= CP1 + CP2 + CP3 + CP4 + CP5

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