The KEEPERRHHATT Guide for the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Profiling and Visualizing Community

By Jacque Caesar and Thomas MacCalla.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The KEEPERRHHATT Guide demonstrates how an integrated Community Informatics Management System, enhanced with asset mapping and grid technologies, can enlighten and enable community researchers, practitioners, citizen leaders, teachers, and students to recognize the complexity and dynamics of the community enterprise and understand the interrelationships of data that account for the integrated sum of its parts. KEEPERRHHATT (pronounced Keeper-Hat) is an acronym which refers to such interrelated community factors as Kinship, Education, Economics, Politics, Environment/Ecology, Religion, Recreation, Health & Human Services, Associations, Technology and Transportation. The Guide probes the community landscape to determine the extent to which individuals and groups identify themselves with community and have a sense of ownership. It also identifies the resources and influences that contribute to improving the quality of life and envisioning a community future. An Interdependency Matrix plots the data collected at both macro and micro levels, supplemented by a visualization or mapping of pertinent data. A community environmental scan is used to determine priority issues or problems and detect new, relevant events and facts. The measure of community space is framed in the context of geographical, demographic, socio-cultural, economic, environmental, technological, and political or governmental reference points. Users explore and examine such questions as 1) What constitutes the community? 2) How is the community organized? 3) How is the flow of goods and services distributed? 4) What is the community’s vision? 5) Where is the source of power or control and influence in the community? 5) Who are the key players and what are their linkages within and outside of the community?

Keywords: Community Profiling, Asset Mapping, Community Informatics, Community Grid, Interdisciplinary Community Research

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.211-216. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 571.371KB).

Dr. Jacque Caesar

Dr. Caesar, Associate Professor; National University College of Letters & Science and Dr. MacCalla, Executive Director, National University Community Research Institute, COLLEGE OF LETTERS & SCIENCES (COLS) & NATIONAL UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NUCRI), National University, La Jolla, California, USA

JACQUE CAESAR, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Science at National University. She is the Lead Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Associate Director for Community Research and Service Learning in the National University Community Research Institute (NUCRI). Dr. Caesar is a graduate registered nurse of St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Bridgeport, Connecticut and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 1971. She received a Master of Arts degree in Social Science with a specialization in intercultural studies (1973) and a doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior with a specialization in community psychology from the United States International University (1976). From 1984 to 1992 she was the Director of Testing at National University and was appointed Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Services (1992), where she developed and chaired the Department of Human Services. Dr. Caesar designed and team-taught the first in a series of online global studies courses at NU. She also served as Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, the National University Graduate Council, Diversity Advisory Council and numerous committees dealing with cultural diversity, institutional transformation, and learning enhancement.

Dr. Thomas MacCalla

Executive Director, NUCRI, NU Vice President & Faculty Resource, National University Community Research Institute, National University, La Jolla, California, USA

Thomas MacCalla, Ed.D. is the Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and National University Vice President. He received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and U.S. History from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Dr. MacCalla completed his doctorate in at the University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Administration, American Literature, and Comparative Education. In 1976 he completed a post-doctorate at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and was the Associate Director of Center for Behavioral Research and International Development in Santa Monica, California. Prior to joining National University in 1985, he was the Director of the International Institute for Urban and Human Development. He was Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior and Vice President for International and Intercultural Studies at U.S. International University for eight years. Dr. MacCalla served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at National University for ten years and most recently directed the NU HASTAC InCommunity program (Humanities, Arts, Science Technology Advanced Collaborative) for the nation-wide 2006-07 HASTAC InFormation Year, co-sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute and Duke University.

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