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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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Conclusion: towards a theory of change for social cohesion

Conclusion: towards a theory of change for social cohesion

(p.260) (p.261) Thirteen Conclusion: towards a theory of change for social cohesion
Promoting social cohesion

Ines Newman

Peter Ratcliffe

Policy Press

This chapter aims to pull together the chapters of this book into a theory of change (ToC) that can provide a new basis for the evaluation of social cohesion. It also highlights the problems with implementing this new approach as a result of the financial crisis and change of government. The chapter then provides an optimistic note and identifies the levers that might help sustain a broader approach despite the difficulties. A brief preliminary assessment of the general policy terrain likely to be occupied by the new coalition government is presented. Stakeholders who are the subjects of evaluation have to be able to hold those with power to account. The Equality Act 2010 was a key achievement of the last government. Progress can be made on the new equalities duties at the local level, but it will depend on local leadership and local champions.

Keywords:   theory of change, social cohesion, Equality Act 2010, financial crisis, coalition government

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