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Measuring Social Capital

The World Bank increasingly supports participatory and “bottom-up” approaches to development. As demands for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced results-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects. . An important part of this is measuring the role of social capital in CDD implementation and how CDD operations can impact social capital.


  • Measurement tools: This section provides an overview of the two key measuring tools that have been developed — the Social Capital Assessment Tool (SOCAT) and the Social Capital Integrated Questionnaire (SC-IQ).
  • Measuring the Dimensions of Social Capital: Five key dimensions have been identified as useful proxies for social capital – groups and networks, trust, collective action, social inclusion and information & communication.  This section provides an overview of the key factors to consider while measuring each of these dimensions.
  • Social Capital Measurement in CDD Operations: By building an understanding of community-level dynamics, social capital measurement can inform strategies for designing, implementing and evaluating CDD programs. This section provides an overview of the issues to consider while measuring social capital in the different stages of the project cycle.