When they go out, participants living in the village carry an Activity Monitor, which measures activity levels (mainly the number of steps they take), and a portable device that records who they walk past.
The data collected by the Activity Monitor objectively measures levels of physical activity. Along with the subjective health survey (a paper questionnaire), this data can give participants feedback to help them compare the objective measures of their activity and their subjective evaluations of their health and to tie these to their health-related behaviors.
The portable device records "social contact" between residents at five-minute intervals, which creates a record of sequential patterns of social contact between residents that allows us to confirm their social networks.
By connecting this social network information to subjective indicators, it is also possible to examine what kinds of networks are associated with regional happiness and multi-generational contacts.
About the Project
Information about team members and publications resulting from this research.
Surveys and Analysis
Three types of research are being conducted to develop these measures.
Measurement Package for Regional Happiness
About the survey of Multidimensional Indicators of Regional Happiness.