NCLS Research has a commitment to continue gathering data from the wider community. Examples of some projects are the Well-being and Security Survey, as well as research on building stronger communities.
Well-being and Security Survey 2003
NCLS Research conducted a survey in 2003 on well-being and security in co-operation with Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and ANGLICARE (Sydney).
This project examined the characteristics, causes and correlates of various forms of insecurity in contemporary Australian society and assesses the extent to which insecurity impacts negatively on personal well-being. It examined whether experiences of insecurity are subject to processes of homeostasis comparable to those found to operate in subjective well-being. It also determined whether, and in what form, insecurity is a major factor in requests for assistance from non-government welfare agencies. The findings inform the provision of welfare services and provide a basis for recommendations on public policy.
A second focus of the survey investigated wider community spirituality. The partners sought to map the trends occurring in the Australian scene as regards spirituality, as well as evaluating the relationship between spirituality and well-being.
Building Stronger Communities 2007
NCLS Research and Edith Cowan University (Perth) have published a book 'Building Stronger Communities' on how stronger communities can be built in Australia. Using Australian data, the publication explores the levels at which we experience community and the ways in which community can be strengthened.
At every level of communal life, from family to national life, human relationships are fragmenting. The signs include:
- Increasing divorce and more people living alone;
- Decreasing contact between people and the communities in which they live;
- Less involvement in many community organisations;
- Declining levels of trust between people and confidence in organisations;
- Widespread sense of insecurity and concerns about safety.
The nature of community life has changed. When people do engage with each other, they usually do so around common interests, common tasks, or a sharing of historical involvements.
The book explores how we can build community life in our contemporary world, in which people will enjoy supportive relationships, experience higher levels of trust and feel more secure.