The KEEPERRHATT Guide for the Interdisiplinary Social Sciences: Profiling and Visualizing Community
The KEEPERRHHATT Guide demonstrates how an asset mapping tool, enhanced with simulation and modeling, can enlighten and empower teachers, students and citizen leaders to recognize the complexity of community as a public entity and understand the dynamics and interrelationships 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, Ecology, Religion, Recreation, Health & Human Services, Associations, Technology and Transportation. The Guide probes livable spaces to determine the extent to which individuals identify themselves with community and have a sense of ownership and influence to contribute to improve the quality of life and envision a community future. An Interdependency Matrix plots the data collected at both macro and micro levels, supplemented by a visualization of pertinent data and a Quality of Life Index. A community environmental scan of assess is used to determine consensus on priority issues or problems and to 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: Asset Mapping, Social Simulation and Modeling, Interdisciplinary Community Research
Dr. Jacque Caesar
Dr. Caesar, Associate Professor; National University College of Letters & Science and Dr. MacCalla, Executive Director, National University Community Research Institute, COLS & NUCRI, National University
THOMAS MACCALLA, Ed.D. received a Bachelor’s of Social Science (1951) and Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration (1954) from Fairfield University in Connecticut; earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Comparative Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Education with a specialization in American Literature from the School of Humanities (1964). He completed postdoctoral studies in Social and Regional Planning at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (1976). Currently, Dr. MacCalla is Executive Director of the National University Community Research Institute and NU Vice President (2000 to Present). Formerly he served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Chancellor of the Oakland Bay Area and San Diego Campuses, and Regional Dean of the Las Vegas, Nevada campus. He was Vice President for International/Intercultural Studies at United States International University in San Diego and Professor of Leadership and Human Behavior, chairing over fifty doctoral dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.
Dr. Thomas MacCalla
Executive Director, NUCRI, NU Vice President & Faculty Resource, National University Community Research Institute, National University