Connection Resource Collection

Myriad research, tools and general resources on human connection have been linked here.

Research

  • Cover of Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

For parents, the nature and strength of their social connections are key determinants of their health and well-being, and in turn, their children’s development. New research, commissioned by Capita with support from Reach Out and Read Carolinas, draws attention to important issues facing parents of young children in North Carolina, including loneliness, social isolation, and lack of parental support. The findings aim to guide approaches to strengthen social connectedness for parents across age cohorts and around the country.

  • Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy report cover

Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy

The power of our imagination has an impact on the state and direction of our democracy. Having positive visions of our shared future can give us a sense of agency and motivate us to work together to achieve mutually beneficial societal outcomes. The “Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy” report, a collaboration between Suzette Brooks Masters and the Democracy Funders Network, offers insights into the value of positive visioning, challenges to imagining better futures, and how we can overcome them.

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The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education

Findings from a recent study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities indicate that community-engaged learning and civic engagement have positive impacts on students in six key areas, including personal and social responsibility, development of positive mindsets and dispositions, graduation and retention rates, learning gains, intellectual and practical skills, and career-related skills. However, more direct assessments of students' demonstrated skills are needed to complement what we know about these outcomes based on self-reported data.

Tools

Solutions Story Tracker

The Solutions Story Tracker is a growing archive of journalism content that elevates rigorous solutions to social problems. Created by Solutions Journalism Network, the database is dynamic and searchable, with each story tagged by issue, location, journalist, and insights about what works.

Bridging – Towards a Society Built on Belonging

This animated explainer video offers an overview of bridging and breaking and of the fraught, uncertain context that’s stoking anxiety and othering. john a. powell describes how our social responses to the overlapping challenges at hand are shaped by our understanding of who we are and who belongs.

Other Resources

  • Cover of Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

Social Connection Report: The Ties That Bind and Nurture

For parents, the nature and strength of their social connections are key determinants of their health and well-being, and in turn, their children’s development. New research, commissioned by Capita with support from Reach Out and Read Carolinas, draws attention to important issues facing parents of young children in North Carolina, including loneliness, social isolation, and lack of parental support. The findings aim to guide approaches to strengthen social connectedness for parents across age cohorts and around the country.

  • Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy report cover

Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy

The power of our imagination has an impact on the state and direction of our democracy. Having positive visions of our shared future can give us a sense of agency and motivate us to work together to achieve mutually beneficial societal outcomes. The “Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy” report, a collaboration between Suzette Brooks Masters and the Democracy Funders Network, offers insights into the value of positive visioning, challenges to imagining better futures, and how we can overcome them.

  • AAC&U logo

The Effects of Community-Based Engagement in Higher Education

Findings from a recent study by the American Association of Colleges and Universities indicate that community-engaged learning and civic engagement have positive impacts on students in six key areas, including personal and social responsibility, development of positive mindsets and dispositions, graduation and retention rates, learning gains, intellectual and practical skills, and career-related skills. However, more direct assessments of students' demonstrated skills are needed to complement what we know about these outcomes based on self-reported data.