I want to measure societal impacts of my initiative…
...by assessing its impact on social capital

Aggregate indicator title

Social capital


Resources needed for resilience at the societal level




Quantitative & Qualitative

Primary/Secondary data

Primary and Secondary data

Source of data

Primary: Project partners, participants

Secondary: Project documentations (reports, information on websites, publications etc.); Online repositories (e.g. Science Direct, Google Scholar, etc.)

Time series

Yes, ex ante and ex post

Unit of measurement (observation)

Absolute values & nominal

Unit of analysis


Analytical level (logic model)

Context, input, process, output, outcome, impact

Links with indicators in other domains


Data collection method(s)

Interviews with citizen observatory members and non-members stakeholders; review of project documentations (reports, log-books, etc.); analysis of the initiative tools (platforms, Apps, etc.); literature review

Data collection item(s)

8-10 questions are available for each topic in the indicator building - too elaborate to include here

Indicator building

Formal engagement

• Which community members have a role in formal organizations/institutions (e.g. as spokes persons)?

• The score on the indicator for Communication and decision mode in the institutional outcomes

• People who volunteered time to an organization in the past month.

Trust and belonging (neighborhood)

• Migration rate in a neighborhood

• Perceived ‘togetherness’ of respondents from the community

• People reporting trust in others.

Trust and belonging (online)

• Duration of membership in a relevant online group(s)

• Intensity/frequency of posts in the group(s)

• Diversity of members participating in that group(s)

• People engaging in social networking online.

Helping behaviour

• Frequency and nature of neighbourly help in the community.

• Circumstances under which neighbors would ask each other for help.

• % of people who believe they can rely on their friends in the case of need

Availability of data



Resource demanding

Source of indicator definition

Wehn et al. (201720192020)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.

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