Reports: Social networks and memberships

Social Media Update 2016
Pew Research Center, November 2016, 19 pp.
National figures on social networking use, including an overview of changes over time.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   more info >

Red Rural, Blue Rural: Rural Does Not Always Equal Republican
Carsey School of Public Policy, August 2015, 2 pp.
Voting data for nearly 9,000 rural residents is analyzed in this fact sheet. Voting trends indicate that while Republican presidential candidates have generally done well in rural America, there are enclaves of Democratic support that may have significant impact on tightly contested elections.   more info >

Allina Health Neighborhood Health Connection
Wilder Research, May 2015, 85 pp.
The Neighborhood Health Connection program is an Allina Health initiative to increase social connections and healthy behaviors across the state. The evaluation looked at the impact of the program on grantees and participants.   more info >

Older Adults and Technology Use: Adoption is Increasing, but Many Seniors Remain Isolated from Digital Life
Pew Research Center, April 2014, 27 pp.
A look at older adults' technology adoption.   more info >

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age
Pew Research Center, April 2013, 59 pp.
This study examines online and offline political engagement, paying special attention to the role of social networking sites in people’s political activities.   more info >

Millennials Civic Health Index
National Conference on Citizenship, February 2013, 24 pp.
Provides a profile of young Americans age 18 to 29 and looks at their civic engagement.   more info >

Social Media and Political Engagement
Pew Research Center, October 2012, 13 pp.
60% of American adults use either social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. This survey finds that 66% of those social media users—or 39% of all American adults—have done at least one of eight civic or political activities with social media, including using social media to promote materials related to politics or social issues, encourage people to vote, or post or re-post commentary on issues.   more info >

Social connectedness and health: A resource for the Connect for Health Challenge
Wilder Research, March 2012, 8 pp.
This summary piece includes key measures of social connectedness in Minnesota, including its influence on health outcomes. Suggestions for ways that communities can promote greater levels of social connectedness are also introduced.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Grand Forks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, February 2011, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

A Tale of Two Cities: Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul
National Conference on Citizenship, January 2011, 39 pp.
Compares civic engagement in the Twin Cities compared to Miami, the highest and lowest ranked areas in the nation. It provides data on volunteering, voting, membership in voluntary groups, helping neighbors, use of the news media, and discussion of current events.   more info >

Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement
Harvard School of Public Health - MetLife Foundation Initiative on Retirement and Civic Engagement, January 2004
Examines the possibility and potential impact of a national effort to mobilize Baby Boomers to contribute their time, skills and experience to address community problems.   more info >

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, December 2001, 100 pp.
Discusses social capital and principles for social capital building in the workplace; arts; politics and government; religion; and schools, youth organizations and families.   more info >

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Diversity, Immigration and Social Capital
Summaries and commentaries on Professor Robert Putnam's research on diversity, social capital and civic engagement.   more info >

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