Faith and Community Survey of Four Indianapolis Neighborhoods, 1997

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The purpose of the study was twofold. First, the study was designed to collect basic descriptive data regarding the characteristics, attitudes, religious beliefs and practices, and social contacts of people who lived in the four study neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Second, the study was designed to become part of a quantitative database that would provide another means to explore how religious involvement influences individual attitudes about and involvement in neighborhood activities.

Data File
Cases: 613
Variables: 213
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 1997
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc. under the auspices of the Religion and Urban Culture Project at the Polis Center at Indiana University and Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews using the University of California Computer-Assisted Survey Methods software (CASES). Calls were placed to the selected phone numbers between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturdays; and 1 p.m and 9:30 p.m., on Sundays.
Sampling Procedures
The population that was sampled consisted of all residents, age 18 years or older, who lived in households in the four Indianapolis neighborhoods that could be contacted using Random Digit Dialing (RDD) methodology (i.e., all households with one or more telephones, including those that were unlisted and non-listed telephone numbers). Telephone numbers were purchased from Genesys Sampling Systems.

At each residential telephone number, a respondent was randomly selected to be interviewed. The target sample within each of the four neighborhoods was 150 completed interviews. A total of 2,277 phone numbers were called. Of the 936 individuals who were successfully selected and invited to participate in the study, 613 completed an interview, yielding an overall response rate of 65.5%. Response rates varied slightly by neighborhood: Mapleton-Fall Creek, 63.1%; Martindale-Brightwood, 66.2%; Near Westside, 70.2%; and Fountain Square, 63.0%.


No oversampling or weighting procedures used.
Principal Investigators
William A. Mirola
Notes
NOTE 1: Variables with no data were omitted (GROUPC2B, GROUPC3A, GROUPC3B, GROUPC3C, GROUPD2B, GROUPD3B, GROUPE2B, GROUPE3B, GROUPF3B).


NOTE 2: There was a discrepancy in the raw data of variable DEPEND4 and the codebook data, which we were unable to reconcile.