This book makes a forthright case for a shift in policy focus from 'community cohesion' to the broader notion of social cohesion, and is distinctive and innovative in its focus on evaluation. It constitutes an extremely valuable source both for practitioners involved in social cohesion interventions and for researchers and students studying theory-based evaluation and the policy areas highlighted (housing, intergenerational issues, the recession, education, communications, community development).
Peter Ratcliffe is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Rights, Equality and Diversity at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on 'race', ethnicity and urban inequality, and he is currently working closely with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
Ines Newman is a Principal Research Fellow in the Local Government Centre at Warwick Business School. She was previously head of policy at the Local Government Information Unit and specialises in local economic development.
Part one: Theoretical perspectives: Introduction ~ Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman; From community cohesion to social cohesion ~ Peter Ratcliffe; From community cohesion to social cohesion, evaluation approaches ~ Helen Sulivan; Part two: Community cohesion to social cohesion: evaluation and data - methodological issues: Measuring performance in community cohesion ~ Crispian Fuller; Measuring Equality at the Local Level ~ Angela Mason; Evidence from migration, race and population data and its implications for policy ~ Ludi Simpson; Using local administrative data to evaluate social/community cohesion ~ John Eversley and Les Mayhew; Assessing the impact of social cohesion initiatives ~ Neil Amas, Kate Smart and Roger Grimshaw; Part three: Policy areas: Housing, segregation and the cohesive social environment ~ Peter Ratcliffe; New communities and social cohesion ~ Marjorie Mayo; Multigenerational approaches to social exclusion~ Clare Batty and Alan Hatton-Yeo; Addressing worklessness in the recession ~ Ines Newman; Education, social cohesion and cultural citizenship ~ Audrey Osler; Part four: Conclusion ~ Ines Newman and Peter Ratcliffe.
"this is an important book that will make a strong contribution to the literature on policy assessment." Runneymede Trust Bulletin
"A well-rounded and comprehensive analysis of social cohesion, examining its definition, measurement, policy implementation and evaluation" Journal of Social Policy
"envisages political changes that will have further impact on social cohesion policy and evaluation....a timely reminder that we must look beyond community relations to the deeper social and economic roots of inequality...a thought provoking read" Rose Ardon, Independent Community Facilitator
"(Peter) Ratcliffe and (Ines) Newman's edited book..provides a well-rounded and comprehensive analysis of social cohesion, examining its definition, measurement, policy implementation and evaluation." Laia Becares, Journal of Social Policy
"This well edited book makes a crucial contribution to the field of cohesion studies. It offers a complex and convincing critique of community cohesion policy and paradigms. It argues that the underpinning elements of social cohesion are an essential prerequisite for better relationships. The book's detailed coverage of the principles and practice of evaluation provides a wealth of indispensable material for policy makers, practitioners and academics alike. Essential reading." John Flint, Professor of Housing and Urban Governance, Centre for Regional and Economic Research, Sheffield Hallam University
"An original approach to an important and timely issue. A great array of contributors provide an essential guide to evaluating the implementation of government measures." Angela Mason, Deputy Leader, London Borough of Camden