New communities and social cohesion: third sector approaches to evaluation

Marjorie Mayo, Vaughan Jones and Juan Camilo Cock

in Promoting social cohesion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303084 | DOI:
New communities and social cohesion: third sector approaches to evaluation

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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

Chapter.  5760 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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