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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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Using local administrative data to evaluate social and community cohesion

Using local administrative data to evaluate social and community cohesion

(p.101) Five Using local administrative data to evaluate social and community cohesion
Promoting social cohesion

John Eversley

Les Mayhew

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the measurability of social cohesion. It addresses how the present state of the science could be greatly improved by using a system called ‘Neighbourhood Knowledge Management’ (nkm), applied to normal local-authority-level administrative data and case studies. The chapter then pays attention to the practical and ethical issues involved in using such data and how they can be managed. The problems with existing measures of cohesion include: what is being measured; the sources of data; and how the data are analysed. The chapter shows the work done by the nkm team both for London Excels and in other projects to illustrate what can be done with administrative data to support work on cohesion. There are also challenges in using the administrative data. Administrative data have been identified as a major tool for the future of sociology and social policy.

Keywords:   social cohesion, community cohesion, Neighbourhood Knowledge Management, administrative data, local authority

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