University of Southern California
Annenberg School for Communication


Research Design

Residents (Adults, Families)

Major Variable Database from the Telephone Survey

  1. Socio-demographic profiles
  2. Strength of connection to the neighborhood storytelling network
    1. to other residents
    2. to non-profit/community organizations
    3. to geo-ethnic media
  3. Total communication profile
    1. mainstream media
    2. geo-ethnic media
    3. telephone
    4. new communication technologies including the Internet
  4. Types of non-profit/community organizations memberships
  5. Level of neighborhood belonging
  6. Civic participation
  7. Perceived collective efficacy
  8. Family-child interaction*
  9. Mode and location of childcare*
  10. Mode and location of healthcare*
  11. Availability and Type of Health Insurance for adults and children
  12. Reasons for being the neighborhood 5 years from now (NYA ” not yet analyzed)
  13. Reasons for not being in the neighborhood 5 years from now (NYA)
  14. Most frequent areas outside neighborhood traveled to and why (NYA)
  15. Areas residents avoid and why (NYA)
  16. Utilization of public and commercial spaces in residential area (NYA)
  17. Internet Connectedness Index (NYA in First 5 areas)
  18. Work conditions (NYA)

Major Variable Database from the Focus Group Studies

  1. Most important community issues
  2. Most important family issues*
  3. Obstacles to childcare*
  4. Obstacles to healthcare*
  5. Fear and comfort areas of Los Angeles County
  6. Word associations with other Metamorphosis study areas

Note: In most cases, focus group participants are also telephone respondents.

Major Variable Database from Socio-Spatial Mapping Studies

  1. Fear and comfort map analyses (NYA for First 5 study areas)
  2. Travel patterns in and out of neighborhood (In preparation)