USP 316 - Community Organizing & Social Change: Social Climate & Context

Why Social Climate & Context?

Researching the social and political context during the social movement you are studying will provide you with rich information about influences on a community.Through this lens you may more broadly understand political and cultural systems effecting and forming movements. This page contains links to statistical and public opinion resources that may help you form a broad view of social and political contexts.

Be sure to also look at news resources listed on the Researching the Movement page of this guide.

Public Opinion and Other Research


Looking at historical data may also provide you with context for what happened prior to and after the event/movement you're researching. Did households grow? Did incomes inflate or decline? What was current public opinion?