Sense of Community Index (SCI)

Sense of Community Index (SCI)
Dr. David M. Chavis 
DESCRIPTION
Measures an individual’s psychological sense of community. There are four dimensions measures by the instrument: membership‚ influence‚ reinforcement of needs‚ and shared emotional connection.
KEYWORDS
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
·         Peer Relationships
·         Connectedness
WHERE TO FIND OR DOWNLOAD
This instrument can be found in CSAP’s Core Measures document on pages 191-193.
FEES AND REQUIREMENTS
No copyright; free to use.
AGE RANGE
All ages (including adults if you want to survey mentors). Has been used historically in urban settings.
HOW TO ADMINISTER AND SCORE
Twelve true-false questions. Self-reported scale. Four of the questions need reverse scoring.
SOURCE
Dr. David M. Chavis
Association for the Study and Development of Community
312 S. Frederick Avenue
Gaithersburg‚ MD 20877
(301) 519-0722 
Sense of Community Index:
I am going to read some statements that people might make about their [block]. Each time I read one of these statements‚ please tell me if it is mostly true or mostly false about your [block] simply by saying “true” or “false.”
True = 1
False = 0
Q1.    I think my [block] is a good place for me to live.
Q2.    People on this [block] do not share the same values.
Q3.    My [neighbors] and I want the same things from the [block].
Q4.    I can recognize most of the people who live on my [block].
Q5.    I feel at home on this [block].
Q6.    Very few of my [neighbors] know me.
Q7.    I care about what my [neighbors] think of my actions.
Q8.    I have no influence over what this [block] is like.
Q9.    If there is a problem on this [block] people who live here can get it solved.
Q10.    It is very important to me to live on this particular [block].
Q11.    People on this [block] generally don't get along with each other.
Q12.    I expect to live on this [block] for a long time.
Subscales:
Membership=Q4+Q5+Q6
Influence=Q7+Q8+Q9
Reinforcement of Needs=Q1+Q2+Q3
Shared Emotional Connection-Q10+Q11+Q12
*Scores for Q2‚ Q6‚ Q8‚ & Q11 need to be reversed before scoring.