This weekend I finished The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath,1 the is all about creating experiences of extraordinary impact. To gauge the social impact the authors cited a study that used the Inclusion of Other in the Self (IOS) Scale, which helps to measure how close the respondent feels with another person or group. Interested to learn more I looked it up and came across, Stanford University’s SPARQtools Measuring Mobility Toolkit.
This toolkit, meant to provide measures of economic mobility, includes a number of scientifically efficacious measures to gauge Power and Autonomy, Being Valued in Community, and Economic Success. Particularly interesting are the Being Valued in Community measures, which include:
- Belonging Uncertainty Scale - A scale that measures how well someone feels they belong in a community.
- Sense of Social Fit Scale - A scale specifically developed for inclusion in STEM.
- Hierarchical Mapping Technique - A technique to gauge closeness.
Why should you care? To pull out an old cliché, “what gets measured gets managed.” If you can track your community’s health over time you can determine what things are working to build it, create strong relationships and make people feel included.
I know I want to start looking at some of these measures for the communities I help foster.
1 As an aside, The Power of Moments is definitely worth a read for anyone looking to build a strong community or put on a memorable event.