Brief

This brief, which utilizes survey results gathered from 10 Making Connections sites, aims to understand how residents relate to one another and to local institutions. Readers will examine these social connections from a variety of angles, including across sites, within the scope of broader municipalities and through the lens of various socio-economic factors.   

August 1, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Making Connections residents use their social networks.

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    How a resident’s neighborhood influences his or her civic activity.

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    Characteristics of help-giving vs. help-seeking households.

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    How factors like education and poverty impact social ties.

Key Takeaway

Residents in Making Connections neighborhoods often put their social networks to work

Research indicates that resource-poor communities experience higher rates of social isolation. Yet, survey results from 10 Making Connections sites suggest that quite the opposite is true. On a wide variety of issues — everything from networking for a new job to seeking out a few extra bucks to make ends meet — residents in these communities report frequently connecting with one another for support. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations