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How to measure social capital?

As a result of the Bank's extensive Social Capital research, the Social Capital Thematic Group has accumulated many insights into how to measure social capital. Based on those insights, we have developed two measurement tools for assessing social capital: the Social Capital Assessment Tool (SOCAT) and the Social Capital Integrated Questionnaire (SOCAP IQ. While those measurement tools will be useful for future research, their primary focus is to inform operations.

Social Capital Assessment Tool (SOCAT)

The SOCAT is a multifaceted instrument designed to collect social capital data at the household, community and organizational levels. It is an integrated quantitative/qualitative tool. An important feature is the detailed information about structural and cognitive social capital that is collected at the level of the household, which is crucial to link social capital information with poverty and household welfare outcomes.

Social Capital Integrated Questionnaire (SOCAP IQ)

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Integrated Questionnaire for the Measurement of Social Capital (SC-IQ with a focus on applications in developing countries. The tool aims to generate quantitative data on various dimensions of social capital as part of a larger household survey (such as the Living Standards Measurement Survey or a household income/expenditure survey). Specifically, six dimensions are considered: groups and networks; trust and solidarity; collective action and cooperation; information and communication; social cohesion and inclusion; empowerment and political action. The paper addresses sampling and data collection issues for implementing the SC-IQ and provides guidance for the use and analysis of data. The tool has been pilot-tested in Albania and Nigeria and a review of lessons learned is presented.