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About the Social Capital Question Bank

There are many ways of measuring social capital. The Social Capital Question Bank is based on the ONS survey matrix developed in 2001, and contains related questions from 15 major government and non-government surveys. It uses the same themes as the original matrix and allows users to see the actual wording of questions. The matrix is divided into accessible, interactive blocks linked together through the matrix grid.

The Social Capital Question Bank is intended as a reference tool for people interested in examining or using social capital questions. Users wanting further information are strongly advised to consult the original survey documentation in order to see the context in which the questions were asked.

To help users easily identify the relevant part of the original questionnaire, the variable names for each question are included at the bottom of each 'pop up' window.

Construction of the Social Capital Question Bank

The wording for the majority of questions has been copied directly from the original survey questionnaires. In some instances, the formatting and presentation of questions has had to be altered. This is generally the case for complicated questions or sequence of questions, for example those that use showcards or shuffle card methods.

Some other questions only make sense when considered in tandem with the preceding question in the survey from which they are drawn. Where the preceding question is also listed in the Social Capital Question Bank, a link directly to that question is included.

The entire Question Set can be downloaded in PDF format from The Question Bank page.


The following people were involved in the development of the Social Capital Interactive Question Bank: Lola Akinrodoye, Kirsty Burns, Rosalyn Harper, Nigel King, Dave Ruston. Thanks also to colleagues in the NS Website team for their expert contribution and to other colleagues who undertook testing.

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