Resources

Sources and Definitions

Our headline measure of social capital reports the percentage of adult residents giving up time for charity or local volunteering activity in past 12 months. This is sourced from the Scottish Household Survey. 

The Scottish Household Survey is conducted annually across Scotland, with an aim to provide accurate, up-to-date information about the characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of Scottish households and individuals on a range of issues. Approximately 31,000 households are surveyed every two years in order to provide reliable data down to a local authority level.

A more localised source of information on social capital can be found within the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health & Well-Being Survey. This is conducted every three years, and is a unique survey that gives a picture of personal perceptions of health and illness; use of health services; health behaviours; social health and social capital of residents living in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board area. Almost 8,300 face to face interviews were conducted as part of the last survey in 2008. Results are available for Glasgow City as well as for local Community Health Partnership areas.

Information on voter turnout at General Elections can be found at the UK Political Info website.

Scottish Census Results OnLine (SCROL)
The SCROL website was created to disseminate data from the 2001 Census.  It has a range of population tables including populations broken down by age, gender, living arrangements and marital status, and these are available at a number of geographical levels from NHS (health) Boards to census output areas. The census provides limited information on religion.

Further reading

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has produced a guide to social capital in the UK, including definitions, indicators of measurement, and further sources of information.

The GCPH have produced a synthesis of learning about social contexts and health. Social contexts can be understood as the relationships and networks of support that people experience, the interconnections within communities, and the involvement of people and communities in decisions that affect their lives. 

A detailed study and assessment of the social capital framework in Glasgow was carried out by FMR Research in 2006. This comprehensive report defined and recorded levels of social capital present in the City.

New forms of spiritual participation and social capital generation in Glasgow (GCPH, May 2007) explores how these might promote health and wellbeing for individuals and possibly for communities.  

Connectness From social capitals and networks to resilience explores our understanding of social capital in Glasgow and prevalent and emerging narratives in the city.  Film of this presentation can be viewed here.

Exploring socio-cultural explanations of Glasgow’s ‘excess’ mortality discusses what contribution aspects of local experience and culture make to the task of understanding health inequalities.

  • Resource
    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.