The Peoplehood Index (PI) Project was conceived by Professor Yoav Shoham of Stanford University and Nimrod Goor, who in a nutshell, set out to create the Dow Jones of Jewish Peoplehood. The Peoplehood Index operates at two parallel axes – the general PI, and specialized versions of it to be used by specific organizations.
Many if not most Jewish organizations have put effort into addressing the connections within and among Jewish communities, as these ties seem to be weakening, in particular between Israel and global Jewish communities. Yet there is a lack of a standard language and common denominator with which to assess the relevance, impact, and efficacy of Jewish communal efforts.
The Peoplehood Index (PI) Project was created to address these missing components. The Project tackles these challenges in a two-pronged manner. At the core lies the Peoplehood Index (PI), a measure of closeness among Jewish communities. We are developing the PI to be a quantitative and nuanced instrument, in order to tease apart the degrees to which Jewish communities know, care about, and interact with each other (the so-called cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions).
The first goal of the PI is to provide a quantitative reference point documenting the state of intra-Jewish relations the world over. The PI will be based on a standardized survey conducted across multiple Jewish communities around the world, as well as a broader set of measures of inter-communal and intra-communal relationships.
The Project’s second goal consists of specialized versions of the PI tailored for the use of specific organizations or programs. The PI thus will aid specific organizations by supplying them with a new planning and evaluation tool. When completed, these two components of the Project will be mutually reinforcing; the general index is the basis on which the organization-specific surveys are created, and the work with the specific organizations informs the general index and ensures that it remains a living, breathing entity that is anchored in reality.
For elaboration on the early pilot research, project’s accomplishments, and upcoming goals, read the research reports, at right, and the project timeline tab, above. We welcome your input. Please be in touch with your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.