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I want to measure societal impacts of my initiative… assessing its impact on community engagement and participation

Aggregate indicator title

Community engagement and participation 


Community participation and engagement in health-promotion research 




Quantitative & qualitative

Primary/Secondary data

Primary and Secondary data

Source of data

Primary: Participants

Secondary: Publicly available data sources e.g. project deliverables and publications; Online repositories (e.g. Science Direct, Google Scholar, etc.)

Time series


Unit of measurement (observation)

Context, process, outcomes

Unit of analysis


Analytical level (logic model)

Outcome, impact

Links with indicators in other domains


Data collection method(s)

Participant surveys, structured interviews with key informants in the community coalitions, event and activities logs, focus groups, observations of meetings, review of existing documents. Literature search

Data collection item(s)
  • Who participates and why?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of community participation?
  • What qualitative and quantitative methods are used in process evaluations to measure community participation?
  • What measures are used to help define the influence of community participation in community-based interventions?
Indicator building
  • Diversity of participants/organizations
  • Recruitment/retention of new members
  • Role in the initiative or its activities
  • # and type of events attended
  • Amount of time spent in and outside of initiative activities
  • Benefits and challenges of participation
  • Satisfaction with the work or process of participation
  • Balance of power and leadership.)
Availability of data



Resource demanding


The concepts used for the indicator building are too complex to derive data collection items

Source of indicator definition

Butterfoss (2006