- Surveys and Analysis
The goal of this project is to develop multiple indicators that can measure regional subjective happiness and relational ties from various angles (using items on questionnaire surveys).
Three types of research are being conducted to develop these measures.
In the questionnaire surveys, we investigated things such as residents \' happiness, social connections and set of values.
The questionnaire items covered a wide range of topics, which allowed us to select items that were important for understanding the regional conditions and judging the validity of the items in our analysis.
The questionnaires were conducted across many regional communities (approximately 500 villages in Western Japan), i.e., the "Broad Regional Questionnaire" and also in more concentrated localities, i.e., the "Concentrated Regional Questionnaire". For the Concentrated Regional Questionnaire, the response rate was higher and we were able to conduct follow-up interviews on aspects that cannot be tapped with paper questionnaires.
Investigation of lifestyle environment
1. Some areas that participated in the Broad Regional Survey also underwent onsite evaluations of the physical environment by visiting researchers, and the results of the paper and physical surveys were analyzed in conjunction with each other.
Specific measurements of the physical environment included the layout of the town, the architectural construction of homes, and signs for social services (e.g., signs indicating participation in disaster prevention services and "Kodomo 110" stickers that display the emergency services number and with a reminder to use it if a child is in trouble).
Collecting data on activity levels and social networks
1. In the Okuono district of Omiya Town in Kyotango City and the Tsuniyoshi Hyakkaten - the focal points of the paper survey data collection - we are measuring residents' daily activity (e.g., sleeping habits, walking) and social network contacts (using a portable electronic device that participants attach to their bodies). In addition to objective data about social connections within the community, we are checking people's health via measurements of sleep and physical activity and conducting analyses that will improve the objectivity of the data from the paper survey.
By connecting the results of the paper surveys with the data from the environmental living surveys and activity monitors, we will be able to improve the objective accuracy of the subjective measures.
By using multidimensional measurements, it will be possible to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of local regions.
About the Project
Information about team members and publications resulting from this research.
Measurement Package for Regional Happiness
About the survey of Multidimensional Indicators of Regional Happiness.