The 2006 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey is comprised of a national adult sample of 2,741 respondents and twenty-two communities sample (11 of which were from the 2000 Social Capital Benchmark Survey) totaling 9,359 community respondents.  The overall sample size is 12,100.

Field Period

The survey was conducted during two waves.

Wave 1:

Wave 1 ran from mid-January to late April, 2006 and covered the following 14 communities:

Sample Size

SAMP variable value

Arkansas (Siloam Springs, Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Little Rock)

400

58

Baton Rouge, LA

400

3

Duluth, MN/Superior, WI

500

57

Greensboro, NC

450

31

Houston, TX

400

10

Kalamazoo, MI

500

12

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

500

56

Rochester, NY

700

44/45

San Diego, CA

501

15

Winston-Salem, NC

750

18

Yakima, WA

402

21

National Sample

1,951

51 (and callback field = wave1)

Total

7,454

Wave 2 ran from April to August, 2006 and covered the following 8 communities: Kansas (samples in Kansas City, Junction City, Wichita, Garden City, Abilene, KS; rural sample; and urban sample in cities other than the above); New Hampshire (statewide with oversample in Cheshire county and I-93 corridor); Sarasota County, FL; and national sample.

Wave 2 ran from April to August, 2006 and covered the following 8 communities:

Sample Size

SAMP variable value

Kansas

2,455

59

New Hampshire

901

27,28,29

Sarasota, FL

500

53

National Sample

790

51 (and callback field = wave2)

Total

4,646

Basic Survey Methodology

TNS Intersearch, an international survey firm, was commissioned to conduct the interviewing, prepare the data for analysis, and provide a “banner report” (detailed cross-tabulations).  Interviews averaged 32 minutes in length and were conducted by telephone using random-digit-dialing by experienced interviewers.

Table 1
Communities Surveyed, Geography of Area, and Sample Size

Sponsor

Area

Sample Size
Goal     Actual

Arkansas (Siloam Springs, Pine Bluff, Van Buren, and Little Rock) with sample of roughly 100 in each of these towns

400

400

East Baton Rouge Parish

400

400

Duluth-Superior C.F.

Duluth (MN) and Superior (WI)

500

500

Greater Greensboro

Guilford County,

450

450

Greater Houston

Harris county

400

400

Kalamazoo C.F.

Kalamazoo County

500

500

Kansas Health Foundation

Kansas (statewide sample, and samples in Kansas City, Junction City, Wichita, Garden City, Abilene, KS) with sample of 350 in Junction City, 352 in Kansas City, 350 in Garden City, 350 in Abilene; 350 in Wichita; 351 rural; and 352 urban outside of the above communities.

2,450

  2,455

Maine C.F.

Cities/Towns: Lewiston, Auburn, Greene, Sabattus, Lisbon, Mechanic Falls, Poland, Turner, Wales, Minot

500

500

New Hampshire C.F.

State of NH. (includes oversample of 200 in Cheshire County; 200 in I-93 corridor)

900

  901

Rochester Area C.F.

Counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans (includes oversample to achieve minimum of 100 Hispanics and 100 African Americans)

700

700

San Diego C.F.

San Diego County

500

501

Venice C.F.

Sarasota County

500

500

Winston-Salem

Forsyth County

750

750

Yakima

Yakima County

400

402

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Acknowledgements

This survey was funded thanks to the generosity of the Surdna Foundation, the Audrey and Bernard Rapoport Foundation, the Kansas Health Institute and the following community foundations: the Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro; the Duluth Area Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice; the Kalamazoo Foundation; the Maine Community Foundation; the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the San Diego Foundation; and the Winston-Salem Foundation.