“In general terms, social capital represents social connections and all the benefits they generate. The benefits for people having these social connections can occur either at an individual level (for example, through family support) or at a wider collective level (for example, through volunteering). Social capital is also associated with values such as tolerance, solidarity or trust. These are beneficial to society and are important for people to be able to cooperate.” (Veronique Siegler, 2014)
“Few data exist that could be used to evaluate the contribution of social capital to specific public policy issues.” (Franke, 2005)
The purpose of this research is to raise awareness and understanding of social capital’s impact on well-being. We believe that increased awareness and understanding will result in changes to public policies and services so that social capital is increased, the value of belonging is recognized, and community well-being is strengthened.
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Edmonton Public Library
Robert Marvin (NorQuest Social Work)
Marlene Mulder (NorQuest Research Office)
Soleil Surette (Edmonton Public Library)
Marlene Mulder 780.644.5970
Robert Marvin 780.644.6417