Monday, March 29, 2010

Dr. Myrstol awarded grant for Arkansas community survey

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, has been awarded a $74,000 grant to conduct a Northwest Arkansas Community Indicators Survey. The project will collect data about social capital and community connectedness in two Northwest Arkansas counties, and is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Director of the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute. The survey will also be translated into Spanish and sent to Spanish-speaking residents of the two counties. Dr. Myrstol and four undergraduate students will conduct the study.

Social capital refers to the level of collaboration and cooperation in a community, as seen in shared trust, values, and understanding.