Theoretical development and social capital measurement
This source preferred by Sarah Hean
Authors: Hean, S., Cowley, S., Forbes, A. and Griffiths, P.
Editors: Morgan, A. and Swann, C.
Publisher: NHS Health Development Agency.
Place of Publication: London
Chapter 4, by Sarah Hean and colleagues, highlights the importance of theory development in making the concept useful to the practice of public health. The authors present an innovative way of thinking about the different facets of social capital, describe the development of a survey instrument that attempts to make explicit the inputs and outputs of social capital and describe how these can be operationalised in a practice setting. The survey tool takes account of the dynamic nature of social capital and offers a useful way of evaluating community projects.