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Promoting social cohesionImplications for policy and evaluation$
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Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.001.0001

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New communities and social cohesion: third sector approaches to evaluation

New communities and social cohesion: third sector approaches to evaluation

(p.227) Eleven New communities and social cohesion: third sector approaches to evaluation
Promoting social cohesion

Marjorie Mayo

Vaughan Jones

Juan Camilo Cock

Policy Press

This chapter argues the case for the importance of active engagement to build social solidarity across the broadest possible range of civil-society organisations. Having set out the case for the importance of third-sector involvement overall, it moves on to focus on third-sector challenges in relation to evaluation. The chapter further investigates the development of evaluation-research strategies in the third sector through a case study for illustration, that of PRAXIS. The role of third-sector organisations can be argued to be centrally important in a variety of ways in terms of building social solidarity, both locally and indeed beyond. The case study shows some of the opportunities and challenges in developing participative and empowering approaches to evaluation in relation to increasing social solidarity, working with established and newer communities to refute negative myths and stereotypes, and developing joint action over shared interests, based on mutual respect.

Keywords:   social cohesion, third sector, PRAXIS, communities, social solidarity, civil-society organisations

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