Design, Sites, and Data Sources
MDRC’s mixed-method study builds on the Chicago Community Networks survey, which provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand the contributions of relationships to an array of community activities. This survey is one of the most extensive ever collected on community networks, and permits a variety of analyses about the structure of relationships and their contributions to the implementation of community projects. The research also involves individual interviews and structured observations to understand how local networks operate, and analyses of a comprehensive database of community indicators to examine how neighborhoods change. This longitudinal, citywide database makes it possible to track neighborhood indicators over a long period of time and across places.