We are pleased to present some initial findings from the Sense of Community Survey. The following images show a table of correlations for the primary questions posed by the study, graphs related to these correlations (top of Y-axes and right of X-axes represent higher values), and maps that provide a spatial view of the sense of community scores. We will suggest interpretations of this data in a later post. If you would like to share your own interpretations now, though, please do so in the comments.
November 3, 2019 edit in response to comment asking for SOC score for Hampton Place:
Here are the SOC scores for postal codes within Hampton Place (UBC): Note that V6T 2H1 is a composite score of 9 responses (and scores 3/4 of a standard deviation better than the survey average), whereas the others represent single responses. Lower scores represent higher SOC scores (due to the way the questions were structured).
For comparison, here is a graphic showing all SOC scores for postal codes of respondents (and compare to the map above), sorted in descending order of density (some responses were outside of the target study range and do not have density values listed).
Lindsay Wells is a resident of the Acadia Park neighbourhood—the student family housing area at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also a Community Assistant (CA)—a part time position with UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services. One of her responsibilities is to host the monthly Acadia Park potluck dinners. I asked what the secrets are to hosting a successful neighbourhood potluck. Here’s what she had to say.
Teresa Douglas is a resident of the Acadia Park neighbourhood at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, Canada. She led an effort to install two “Little Free Libraries” in her neighbourhood. I asked her about her experience.
Teresa Douglas is a moderator of the Facebook group for the Acadia Park neighbourhood at the University of British Columbia, and was instrumental in establishing the group. I asked her to share her thoughts about how to start and maintain an online neighbourhood discussion group.
I asked Derek Doherty about his experience organizing community projects for his neighbourhood, Acadia Park, the student family housing area at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He offered the following suggestions. I thought they were very useful.
I asked Derek Doherty about his experience of starting a neighbourhood association. Derek lives in Acadia Park, the student family housing section of the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus. He was one of the founding members of the Acadia Park Residents’ Association. Here’s what he had to say.
Several studies have discussed the mental, emotional, and societal benefits of having a strong sense of community. But, what can we do to strengthen sense of community? Is just something you either naturally have or don’t have? Is it a product of our past experience? Is it influenced by where and how we live? Can the design of a neighbourhood influence the sense of community of its residents? We could sum up all of these questions by asking, “What factors influence people’s sense of community?” Several researchers have tried to find out. Here are some of the relationships they’ve found—some positive, some negative, some a bit of both.
How strong is your sense of community? You might say, “Oh, pretty strong, I guess,” or, “Not very.” But, could you be more specific? It would be hard, wouldn’t it?
It would be even harder to tell if people in one town or one neighbourhood have a stronger sense of community than those in another. Before we can even think about why people in one community are more attached to it than those in another, we need some way to measure this attachment, this sense of community. So, is there a way to measure it?
Most people seem to agree that community is a good thing—something to ‘build,’ ‘strengthen,’ or ‘support.’ But, what is it exactly? Is it just a group of people? Do they have to have some common interest? Do they have to live near each other? When is a group of people not a community? Is community the same as society?