Institute for Social Capital

Welcome to the Institute for Social Capital, an innovative program created to foster university social and human capital research and to increase the community’s capacity for data-based planning and evaluation. Through collaboration with nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and other relevant organizations in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, the ISC has combined key sources of data into one community database.

About the program

The Institute for Social Capital, Inc. founded in 2004, merged with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in March 2012.  Its mission is to support university research and increase the community’s capacity for data informed decision-making.

At its core is a comprehensive set of administrative data gathered from governmental and nonprofit agencies in the region.  By combining key data into one community database, ISC provides a valuable resource for understanding the outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our communities from a multi-agency context. 

Through its affiliation with UNC Charlotte and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, ISC also offers valuable analytical support to assist organizations in their research and data analyses efforts. 

One of the most significant struggles facing researchers and social service organizations is the diffusion of human and social data.  Reliable data gathered from significant social service and nonprofit agencies are needed to understand the effects of relevant initiatives on planning services, program evaluations and public policy. However, such information is rarely shared across sources, limiting an organization’s ability to effectively measure outcomes.

By combining key sources of data into one community database, ISC provides a valuable resource to assess the impact of specific interventions across agency lines and to better understand the social and environmental variables that affect the community, particularly with regard to outcomes for children and families.

The ISC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the confidentiality of these crucial data.

 

Articles about ISC

 Mason Haber, assistant pProfessor in the UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology

ISC announces faculty research grant award

The first recipient of a faculty research grant from the Institute for Social Capital, Inc. (ISC) will be Dr. Mason Haber, assistant professor in the UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology.
Homes along Ideal Way in Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce

Charlotte part of national effort on neighborhood data

Charlotte is now a partner in a national effort to develop and use neighborhood information systems in local policy making and community building. 

Keep up with the Institute for Social Capital: July newsletter

News and updates from the Institute for Social Capital including notes about staff, data, research, grant opportunities and community partners. (Photo: Addie Balenger)

A day for neighborhoods to explore their future

If Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods, what happens when almost 20 of those neighborhoods spend a half-day at a retreat to encourage goal-setting? (Photo: Mary Newsom)