Using local administrative data to evaluate social and community cohesion

John Eversley and Les Mayhew

in Promoting social cohesion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303084 | DOI:
Using local administrative data to evaluate social and community cohesion

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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

Chapter.  6255 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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